The Jan. 13 editorial, Making the investment, provides the rationale for governmental action on education, health and the environment. However, it’s only with the health segment that The Herald challenges the business community to take the lead.
Certainly it’s in the interests of the business community to have a healthier workforce.
However, it’s at least as important for business leaders to recognize that Florida and the United States overall are poised to have a coming serious workforce deficit, in part because of the number of children who enter kindergarten so far behind their peers that they never catch up.
Too many of these children will not be able to function in the workplace of the future.
Advocacy on behalf of early childhood education by our business leaders is no less important than advocating for the health of Florida’s citizens.
Wil Blechman, M.D., vice chair, The Children’s Forum, Miami