September 9, 2008, Dayton Ohio: Senator Barack Obama detailed an extensive educational plan for America in a 36-minutes speech. The candidate showed his grasp of:
• The role of education in the global economy,
• The importance of a quality preschool experience to future academic success.
• The importance of education to America
• Needed changes for a successful 21st century America education,
• The new workplace for 21st century teachers,
• The importance of public education to America’s mission.
ROLE OF EDUCATION IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Senator Obama revealed his thoughts on education and the global economy with the statements, “Information technology has broken down barriers that once kept countries and markets apart, creating a single global economy that’s more integrated and interconnected than before. In this economy, companies can plan their jobs wherever there is an Internet connection and someone willing to work. What matters, is not what you do or where you live, but what you know.”
His austere voice made clear that the old methods of employment are passé as he said, “Our children now competes against all the children of the world for jobs. So they must be better educated than those of other nations – those who long to change their economic status. The italics supplied by the writer.
QUALITY PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCES, ACADEMIC SUCCESS, BENEFITS TO SOCIETY
Citing long term benefits of quality preschool experiences, Obama promised his administration will invest in early childhood education stating it is known that, “… children in these programs are more likely to score more higher in reading and math; and, because they start school prepared, they are able to keep up, … they are more likely to graduate high school and more likely to get and keep a job.”