In your recent story about the Capital Area United Way’s plan to help young children prepare for school, Dr. Stewart Gordon is quoted as saying it’s time to close the gap between what we know and what we do.

I couldn’t agree more.

Failure to properly educate our children in an increasingly competitive world not only limits their opportunities as adults, it cripples the entire state. Poverty, quality of life, workforce, crime, health — select any of our many challenges and you’ll find K-12 education at the core. There is no shortage of evidence supporting this truth.

Our state is blessed with brilliant minds in the private, higher-education and nonprofit sectors. We possess the knowledge of what to do and the skills to do it. Combine that with the ability to overcome adversity, an attribute shared by practically every resident in our state, and we already have everything we need to create a world-class education system. We just need to collaborate more often and make a sustained effort to push the rock uphill against entrenched forces satisfied with the status quo.

I commend the United Way and Gordon for their commitment to an actionable plan that will lead to improved educational outcomes. Hopefully, their efforts will inspire others who have grown tired of simply complaining about our education system, to join forces with the United Way and/or other organizations that demonstrate a willingness and ability to do something about it.

Jon Cato

marketing executive

Baton Rouge