As the first person in my family to graduate from college, I understand the importance of education for opportunity and success. And as a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I know we cannot afford to have our children graduating without adequate preparation for the future -- or worse yet, dropping out. We do a disservice to our youth and hurt our businesses' ability to compete against an ever more educated global workforce.
There is a growing consensus among parents and teachers that America's education system is not reaching its potential. I believe the best way to bring our schools into the 21st century is by encouraging high standards and accountability. By measuring results and fostering a climate of excellence, competition, and innovation, we can once again have the best education system in the world -- a system that enables all of our sons and daughters to live the American Dream.