Manufacturing made our country prosperous. Small businesses carried us into the 21st century and today they still provide our backbone. But to make that all possible, elementary education of our youth and higher education of our young adults provide the foundation of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Educational results have not kept pace with the expectations of the state or the country. We lag behind countries that use to look at us as a leader. Our economy is dynamic and therefore our educational system must be as well. But our foundation of greatness will, to this day, lay in what we can produce. Education must respect that foundation and leaders must find a way to keep it in the mix of the curriculum.