I recently found this McKinsey report that I thought was a compelling reason for investment in education improvement and reform. This document outlines what the US could be gaining in economic benefit if our students consistently performed at the same level as students from countries that score well on TIMSS and PISA. We can't spend our way out of a recession. We can't save our way out of recession. We have to rev our economy and grow our way out of a recession. Getting kids engaged in their learning process and helping them see the connection of their achievement to our countries success is one part of the solution. Kids in vietnam and china talk with pride about how there hard work benefits the country. Wish my "n of 1" got that connection.