At a time when America’s economy and education systems are lagging, a new narrative is needed to help America understand its place in the twenty-first century, according to a new report by Captain Porter and Colonel Mykleby, writing under the pseudonym Mr. Y (a reference to the famous X article by George Kennan article which reframed foreign policy in 1947). It involves a common vision towards global engagement centered on investing in U.S. resources in education and other sectors.
“In one sentence, the strategic narrative of the United States in the 21st century is that we want to become the strongest competitor and most influential player in a deeply inter-connected global system,” Professor Slaughter writes in the preface, “which requires that we invest less in defense and more in sustainable prosperity and the tools of effective global engagement.”
She goes on to outline the five major transitions in the global system that this report entitled, A National Strategic Narrative, serves as a response to:
What does this mean for education policy in this country? The report repeatedly cites the need to invest in the education of our youth to embrace the rise of other countries and work with them as partners for our joint benefit and security. This is one of the main keys to the continued prosperity of the United States. Educating our children to be globally competent means doing just that—preparing the next generation to be civilians prepared to deal with the external influences of an interconnected world and to engage with others around the world.
Mr. Y is a pseudonym for CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark "Puck" Mykleby, USMC who are active-duty military officers.
Authored by Heather Singmaster.
What do you think about Mr. Y’s article – should we move toward a policy of engagement rather than continue to increase spending on money for defense through our military?
What does this mean for education? Does the United States currently invest enough in the next generation?