21st Century Skills Education and Competitiveness Guide

Americans are deeply concerned about their present and future prospects in a time of economic uncertainty. Policymakers have a make or break opening—and an obligation—to chart a new path for public education that will secure our economic competitiveness.

This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world.  The warning signals are blinking red.  We can thrive in this century only with informed leadership and concerted action that prepares Americans to compete.

We urge policymakers and leaders in the business, education and workforce development communities to use this guide as a resource for shaping policies that are attuned to competitive needs.  Additional resources are available on our web site, www.21stcenturyskills.org.