Kevin Huffman has a fascinating and insightful op-ed article in The Washington Post, “The keys to a successful education system.” He touches on issues ranging from the need in education to recruit, retain and reward top talent to the necessity of parents getting more involved in school and policy issues.

Another point that he makes — and this is linked to workforce readiness, an issue that Corporate Voices focuses on from the standpoint of research and public and corporate policy — is the cost of “our international achievement gap.” Here’s from Huffman’s post:

Last year, McKinsey & Co. monetized the cost of our international achievement gap. Our education system’s poor results cost the country $1.3 trillion to $2.3 trillion a year, it found — as much as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the stimulus package combined. America cannot afford this kind of failure. We must make this the decade of education reform.

Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of workforce readiness, flexibility, family economic stability, and work and family balance issues are available on the Corporate Voices Web site at www.cvworkingfamilies.org