Inspiring and preparing all students to learn and innovate can help countries and regions stay competitive in the global marketplace.
There is a widening gap between the knowledge required to be successful in society and that provided by education institutions. Students across all geographies may question whether this disconnect between existing process and desired outcome is a simple question of engagement or a profound question of future economic survival. We believe that the economic competitiveness of every geographic area depends, in large measure, on how effectively their education institutions engage, inspire, and prepare all students to learn and innovate. Policymakers can play a key role in matching their education institutions to the specific societal needs of their geography - in essence, using policy to close the gap between existing processes and desired outcomes.