I haven't read the entire book The Next Big Thing: Top Trends from Today's Leading Experts to Help You Dominate the New Economy . In fact, I've only read a single article from it. Since my field is education, I read the article from Michael Smith in which he examines the challenge and the promise facing today's educators. Smith is a highly trained educator who is well versed in educational theory, and he lays down two of the four "dimensions" involved in educating today's young people.
His deep feelings come through very clearly in this article: in the closing paragraph, Smith is very clear and very serious when he tells us that "the stakes are too high" for us to give up on public education--for in doing so, we give up on countless numbers of children. Although the article is not a perscription for educational reform, Smith makes the case that public education is not an endeavor that can be ignored nor left to stagnate.