I contend that the outcome of the 2016 elections and industrial job futures are interrelated. It all comes down to the declining educational competence of citizens. This subject’s history and predicted future are briefly discussed here.
Only half of U.S. children were enrolled in school in 1900, and only 6% of 17-year-olds graduated from high school. This latter figure rose to 30% by 1930 and 50% by 1950. Between 1960 and 1990, spending on public-school education doubled, but disquiet in the quality of public schools and the growing lack of focus on results became issues in the public eye. Concurrently, from 1960 through today, teacher associations, unions and government agencies grew in control and inhibited most public education reforms … while society was/is being distorted by rapidly changing social and cultural trends.