I’m a little late getting to this story. But it’s one that raises some issues that everyone should be concerned about. Bob Herbert’s column in The New York Times (April 22) — “Clueless in America” — is about as good as it gets when looking at the problems facing our nation unless we improve how we educate current and future generations.

Herbert looks at the alarmingly high number of young people who drop out of school. As reported by the America’s Promise Alliance, an American teenager drops out of school every 26 seconds. And this issue of workforce readiness is one that Corporate Voices for Working Families focuses on.

Herbert writes:

Roughly a third of all American high school students drop out. Another third graduate but are not prepared for the next stage of life — either productive work or some form of post-secondary education.

And then he makes a point that extends this problem way beyond the workforce, embracing the very nature of our democracy.

These and so many other issues of crucial national importance require an educated populace if they are going to be dealt with effectively. At the moment we are not even coming close to equipping the population with the intellectual tools that are needed.

Clueless? Let’s hope not.

by Rob Jewell