12 Ways To Stop America’s Decline By Rick Newman Oct. 1, 2010 | 10:31 a.m. EDT + More Learn something new. Next » 12 of 13 « Back Education is more essential than ever, whether it’s an expensive degree or informal learning picked up on the side. All are important. And with companies offering far less training these days, everybody needs to be able to teach themselves. Next: Create your own American Dream.