Will the US Invest in Its Own Future?

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President Obama says the US has to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world," and industry leaders agree. However, while state after state challenges educators to produce a competitive workforce, they simultaneously cut spending from K through 12 to grad school. Meantime, the UK's Royal Society says China is producing enough research and trained professionals to "overtake the US in science" in two years. So why do Chinese parents do whatever they can to get their kids in to American schools? Does the US need education reform or more of the same?



  • John Rogers - Professor of Education at UCLA, director of the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access
  • Arthur Rothkopf - Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
  • Adam Minter - author of the book “"Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale." - @AdamMinter
  • Nina Hachigian - Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Warren Olney