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If Americas Schools are to meet the needs of the twenty first century they must be reinvented It is not enough to try to fix the schools they must be reconstructed in both fundamental and radical ways The school system must be restructured The future of the American public school system is significant because the maintenance of an informed and productive citizenry is vital to the future of this country Historically Americans have strongly asserted the importance of public schools in a democracy and despite growing disdain for the perceived value of the school system public schools remain central to democracy in the United States For more than a century Americas public schools have been an indispensable source of the countrys strength Public education has allowed citizens to become productive members of society by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary for the labor force Schools prepare students to be literate informed and reasoning citizens According to Philip Schlechty author of Schools for the twenty-first century Public schools are the ties that bind this pluralistic society into a nation Our Nations thirty-sixth president Lyndon B Johnson also believed that there is no institution more fundamental to American society and democracy than its public schools36 Public schools are the cornerstone of Americas future The development of youths knowledge skills and social dispositions has always been critical to the countrys success In the next century Americas youth will play an increasingly important role in the countrys survival and well-being By the year 2025 one out of five Americans will be 65 or older and by the year 2040 one out of four Americans will be 65 In less than 15 years the first baby boomers will reach the age of 65 Peterson 64 It is clear that the economic success of America will be in the hands of youth to unprecedented extent It is time to invest in education in
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