Friday, March 30, 2007

Call for National Action for Competitive Advantage

AeA just released a new and expanded report, We Are Still Losing the Competitive Advantage: Now Is the Time to Act, shifting emphasis more towards recommendations for action, with updated data and analysis providing the context. They reasoned a need for this new report because “over the last two years, on the one hand, so much has changed. But on the other hand, unfortunately, so little has changed. “

Two years ago, AeA released Losing the Competitive Advantage?: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United States. That report focused on the analysis of a growing problem: that although the United States still leads the world in science, technology, and innovation, it is at risk of squandering this preeminence as countries across the globe became more competitive and as we ignored the factors that got us here in the first place. America’s political leaders have become aware that more and more countries, companies, universities, and individuals around the world are trying to out-compete us. And yet, says AeA, we have not moved forward.

AeA calls on Democratic and Republican legislators, as well as the Bush Administration, to act in the 110th Congress on what was essentially agreed on but did not pass in the 109th: comprehensive legislation to advance American competitiveness in a global economy.

1 comment:

  1. Reports like this from the AeA, and those from the WSA (its workforce study), the Technology Alliance (their report card) and the results from the Prosperity Partnership's work carry similarities across the board. We need to do everything we can to support science and math education in K-12. In order to produce the high demand engineers, computer scientists and information technologists (not to mention chemists, biologists etc.) we need to help kids develop an appreciation for the value these fields of study provide, and then make it interesting and even fun for them.