Like 100 years ago, our nation's (and every other post-industrial nation's) biggest problem today is having an educated workforce.
For this century, an educated workforce means having 50% of our workforce with a four year college degree.
100 years ago, it meant 50% of the workforce with a high school degree. So society made high school compulsory. States, thanks to Chicago social worker Julia Johnson and Congress, also made laws to make it possible for schools to keep boys in school. Most states outlawed hitting students, the main reason why boys were dropping out of high school.
Today, business is now desperate for college educated workers and screaming for more. The unemployment rate for college graduates has hit rock bottom, just 2.5% It is unclear whether it can go any lower. But what society can do is keep and graduate the 14 million really smart adults and young adults who test at the same level, or above, as college graduates.
By 2017 the shortage of college educated workers will be so bad that society finally addresses it. It's our #1 Prediction. We have a new book explaining it all and the solution.
Evergreens in the forest up north over our holiday break last week.