Re "China pushes college as path to prosperity" (Page A8, Jan. 17): Several years ago, I saw a televised discussion between Robert Reich and Newt Gingrich regarding America's ability to compete in the forthcoming global economy.
The bottom line: If the United States doesn't do something to update our education system now, in the next 25 years we are going to be economically overtaken by other countries, particularly the Asian countries. I think we have hit that point.
Asian countries have a plan, particularly China. And what have we done? Eliminated career-technical education, introduced more "social" coursework and made excuses why we can't do this and that.
We need strong leadership and a plan to economically compete-like immediately.
-- John L. Eldred, Elk Grove