August 21st from uberboomer Matt James

“Americans triumphed at the Olympics, but when it comes to the next generation we risk not even making it onto the podium because we are failing to properly educate and prepare our youth for the jobs of the future,” said Matt James, president and CEO of The Center for the Next Generation. “Given how quickly countries like India and China are growing, the U.S. can’t afford to wait any longer to provide our next generation with what they need to be successful in today’s global economy.”

The Center for the Next Generation, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress, released a new report: The Race That Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese and Indian Investments in the Next Generation Workforce. The report details the progress China and India are making in expanding their labor forces to play a bigger role in the global economy and the urgent implications of these policies for U.S. competitiveness. Americans know that we’re falling behind in efforts to prepare our next generation, according to a national survey conducted for The Center for the Next Generation that accompanies the report.

China and India are rapidly increasing their share of children enrolled at all levels of the education system—from early learning programs to high schools to universities. By 2030, China will have 200 million college graduates—more than the entire U.S. workforce—and by 2020 India will be graduating four times as many college graduates as the United States. Only with education as a national priority and real investment at all levels of government will the United States remain economically competitive.

Resources for The Competition That Really Matters report and TCNG’s survey are available for download below, including an infographic. The Center for the Next Generation’s director Matt James also weighs in with an op-ed co-written by Neera Tanden, president of CAP.


Report Resources

Polling Resources

TCNG is a nonpartisan think-tank and strategic communications organization that supports programs and policies that benefit the next generation of young Americans. For more information about The Center, visit

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