Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Corporate Philanthropy Can Boost Education

By Michael Inganamort

As American philanthropy continues to expand and corporate foundations seek to address increasingly complex societal problems, these resources can and should be applied to an area that directly affects our national security and quality of life -- educational competitiveness.

When it comes to the United States' ability to compete with other countries in the areas of math and science, alarms bells have been ringing for years.

A critical examination of the United States' technological infrastructure and its promotion of math and science education suggests the country is steadily losing its competitive edge.

While less than one-third of American undergraduate students earn degrees in science and engineering, nearly 60 percent of Chinese students and roughly two-thirds of Japanese students received degrees in these fields.

These choices are not without consequences.

Read the rest of the Philanthropy Journal article here.

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