Innovation can only occur with education. We need skilled workers who can not only operate high level equipment but also be innovative enough to bring about the products and needs of tomorrow. Without education, these jobs would go to other countries with skilled laborers who can invest in being the innovators of tomorow.
Children have long been believed to be the future of any nation. From forefathers, to "our generation", to "our children"; the baton of responsibility has long been passed linearly throughout time. The leaders of tomorrow are inspired and educated today, and it is within their lessons acquired through life that their potential for leadership starts.