Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice at the World Affairs Council (Photo credit: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia)Joel Klein, Chancellor of NYCDOE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein say improving education is key to America's leadership and national security.
Today, globalization and the technological sophistication of our economy are widening already troubling socioeconomic disparities, rewarding those who acquire the right skills and punishing brutally those who do not. Much is at stake.
It is not hyperbole to say that the state of education in our country is a challenge to our national security. Human capital has never been more important for success in our increasingly competitive world economy. Yet, although the United States invests more in education than almost any other developed nation, its students rank in the middle of the pack in reading and toward the bottom in math and science. On average, U.S. students have fallen behindpeers in Korea and China, Poland and Canada and New Zealand. This puts us on a trajectory toward massive failure.
Labels: Condoleezza Rice, Council on Foreign Relations, Education reform, Joel Klein, National Security, New York City Department of Education, Stanford University, United States