Bret Wooten Asks Some Important Questions about Our National Investment in Education

Bret Wooten, a businessman in a small town in Texas, sent this letter to newspaper in the state. He asks whether we really care about our future if we neglect our most important investment: Our children. He previously posted his reaction to visiting his wife’s classroom.

Are you concerned about the future of this country?

Me too, but not in the way most people seem to be. We as a nation are willing to invest countless dollars in our military, transportation and communication infrastructure. Yet, we have faltered when it comes to investing in the most important of all of our infrastructures, our intellectual infrastructure.

If we are not producing the best and brightest other nations will. China alone produces 5 times the number of engineers the US does, year after year. The sheer weight of those numbers almost guarantees we will be out innovated, a prospect I shudder to think about. This is happening as our political leadership plays ineffective games, wasting countless dollars and time on issues that will not make us any stronger or better as a nation.

The public education system is the most effective program we have for pulling people out of poverty and is a cornerstone to the US rising to a world power in less than a century.

States, including Texas, base their education system on a test costing less than fifteen dollars. That is not only terrifying but ridiculous!

That is why I am asking our State and federally elected officials to take the same standardized test as our kids and make the results public. Or, put forth real measures that will allow for us to maintain our place in the world. I sent them an open letter stating just that supported by a movement I am calling Standarizedkids.com.

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