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Black Enterprise Holds Symposium to Improve the Quality of Public Education

Black Enterprise, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was pleased to present “Today’s Business Crisis: Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce,” on Friday, September 20, at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, West Salon in Washington, D.C. The symposium was part of a series aimed to cultivate a conversation between top leaders in business, philanthropy and education about the critical challenges facing the American K-12 and postsecondary educational system.

The Black Enterprise “Today’s Business Crisis” symposium focused on the obligations and responsibilities for business leaders, politicians and policy makers on the development of comprehensive education reform that will engage students and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Symposium speakers also focused on why resolving the debate over Common Core State Standards—adopted in more than 40 states but under attack by large numbers of state educators, administrators and legislators—is so critical to those efforts. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a member of the House Committee on Education & Workforce Development, was among those delivering remarks at the symposium.

The Washington, D.C. symposium was held in concert with the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

“By assisting and increasing the quality of education with postsecondary schools,” says Symposium Moderator Dr. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor, Harvard Law, “we give students the competitive edge to compete internationally. Colleges must continue to train, prepare and equip students for the ‘real world.’ The students are relying on us to prepare them for the workforce and we must fulfill our obligation to teach them. All academic institutions must be willing to critically evaluate and transform their current structure, courses offered and teaching methodologies to meet the future needs of our students and our society in a cost-effective manner.”

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