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U.S. Education Reform and National Security

Task Force Report – Chairs: Joel I. Klein, Condoleezza Rice and Julia Levy – The United States’ failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country’s ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role, finds a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security.

  • More than 25 percent of students fail to graduate from high school in four years; for African-American and Hispanic students, this number is approaching 40 percent.
  • Although the United States is a nation of immigrants, roughly eight in ten Americans speak only English and a decreasing number of schools are teaching foreign languages.
  • A recent report by ACT, the not-for-profit testing organization, found that only 22 percent of U.S. high school students met “college ready” standards in all of their core subjects.

The lack of preparedness poses threats on five national security fronts: economic growth and competitiveness, physical safety, intellectual property, U.S. global awareness, and U.S. unity and cohesion. Too many young people are not employable in an increasingly high-skilled and global economy, and too many are not qualified to join the military because they are physically unfit, have criminal records, or have an inadequate level of education. more> http://tinyurl.com/7623ah5


Testimony on the Federal Role in Education Research

Education vs ExperienceBy Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst – The American dream of opportunity and advancement and the educational system of the United State are inextricably connected. This has been true throughout our history. Indeed, well before the country was founded it was typical for colonial villages that had grown to more than a few hundred people to establish and fund a public school, with the first dating to 1639. Since that time, we have continued to value education and invest in it.

But in an age of globalization and the advent of a knowledge based economy, the imperative to educate and educate well is stronger than it has ever been. The evidence that nations with a better educated populace experience higher growth rates is compelling.

The Education Sciences Reform Act is overdue for re-authorization. Let me simply suggest four principles that should underlie the re-authorization:

  • If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It
  • Independence Is Fundamental
  • The Regional Educational Lab Program (the RELs) Is Broken and Should be Fixed
  • You Get What You Pay For

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