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Unleashing the Second American Century by Joel Kurtzman

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CHAPTER SEVEN

NOT EVERYTHING’S PERFECT

Every silver living seems to have a cloud. And, although I am bullish on America and its prospects, I do have a major concern. As I mentioned at the outset, no country is problem-free.

America is creating jobs, lots of them. It even created jobs during the depths of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. The problem is, are we creating enough workers?

Don’t get me wrong. We have plenty of people—men and women, boys and girls. The problem is, too many of them are doing too poorly in school, or are shying away from taking courses in areas of critical importance—the STEM subjects of science, technology, ...

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