A colleague shared with me an article that was printed in Wednesday’s NY Times. I have copied the article below, and it paints a very troubling picture about the competitiveness of the United States. The article reinstates the main focus of the new Education Secretary: to ensure that we close the gap between the skills learned in school and the skills required for successful performance in the 21st century work environment. Only through achieving these ends, will the United States (and any country for that matter), maintain and grow its global competitiveness and innovation. This is exactly why the time is now to embrace fundamental, transformational, disruptive innovative educational tools and pedagogy. Our children, and our future, depend on it.