Obama gearing education system to compete with India, China

By Arun Kumar, IANS,

Washington : President Barack Obama says his administration is building a 21st century education system in America to compete with “China and India and everybody else all around the world”.

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The US has “to ensure that we’re educating and preparing our people for the new jobs of the 21st century”, he said, talking about the “American Graduation Initiative” Tuesday at a Community College in Warren, Michigan.

“We’ve got to prepare our people with the skills they need to compete in this global economy.”

His administration had set a goal for the US to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, Obama said. “We used to have that. We’re going to have it again. And we’ve begun to take historic steps to achieve this goal.”

The government’s recovery plan had helped close state budget shortfalls, while making historic investments in school libraries and classrooms and facilities all across the US, he said.

“So we’ve already taken some steps that are building the foundation for a 21st century education system here in America, one that will allow us to compete with China and India and everybody else all around the world,” Obama said.

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