In his Sunday opinion column in the NYTimes, Thomas L. Friedman begs the President and Gov Romney to give the American voters a big vision for what the country can do. One of his suggestions is to enact government policies that make some form of post-secondary education accessible and affordable for anyone who wants to go because the nation needs to bring all the talent it has to the global economic competition. He says Americans must be “work ready,” echoing the branding language at UMass Lowell: “Work Ready, Life Ready, World Ready.”
What goals could merit such a journey? Now that we have put a man on the Moon, let’s commit to keeping everyone in school. Let’s commit that, within a decade, every American will have the tools for, and financial access to, some kind of postsecondary education — whether it is vocational school, community college or a four-year university. Because without some higher education that makes you “work ready” for one of today’s good jobs and a lifelong-learner for one of tomorrow’s, you’ll never secure a decent job or realize your full potential here on Earth.