CFR Report Says U.S. Education Decline Is Jeopardizing Its National Security

CFRVia the Council on Foreign Relations website:

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.

“Educational failure puts the United States’ future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk,” warns the Task Force, chaired by Joel I. Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state. The country “will not be able to keep pace—much less lead—globally unless it moves to fix the problems it has allowed to fester for too long,” argues the Task Force.

The report notes that while the United States invests more in K-12 public education than many other developed countries, its students are ill prepared to compete with their global peers. According to the results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment that measures the performance of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science every three years, U.S. students rank fourteenth in reading, twenty-fifth in math, and seventeenth in science compared to students in other industrialized countries.

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10 Comments on "CFR Report Says U.S. Education Decline Is Jeopardizing Its National Security"

  1. That’s what happens when public education is defunded to reduce the tax bills of the 1% and increasingly seen as a revenue stream that can be annexed by replacing public schools with McSchools run corporations (already going on with some corporate-operated “charter” schools) whose profits go to the politically connected wealthy who run them. 

    • blahblahblacksheep | Mar 28, 2012 at 7:47 am |

       Exactly! And I find it really funny that Condi Rice is apart of all of this considering Bushes ‘No Child Left Behind’ did just that. It funded the rich while taking away funds from the poor because of poor test scores. ALL middle class and lower schools are systematically failing, that’s why I will be homeschooling next year… not because of religious reasons but because the system I pay into is failing my kids.

  2. emperorreagan | Mar 28, 2012 at 8:59 am |

    The failure of the education system is job security for people with science and engineering degrees!

    When I was a TA, it seemed like the caliber of the students declined every semester that they came through the lab I was teaching (in spite of the school’s claims that they were apparently being more selective with high school GPAs, SAT scores, etc.).  I thought it was just anecdotal and my own bias (i.e. dealing with the students that need the most help more frequently) but there seems to be plenty of statistical evidence to indicate the decline is real.

  3. the hidden factors are missing, this may raise alarm to do something but once that something means downsizing the hidden factor will keep the thing on course

  4. SaraSchmidt | Mar 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    It’s also parallel with the rise in standardized testing…

  5. apparently the CFR didnt get its own memo that eugenics is alive and well and designed to reduce the size of the population

  6. Jesus Borg | Mar 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    Its always good to get these guys scoop on things. Why have democracy when We can have rule by elite think tanks.

  7. moremisinformation | Mar 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

    This CFR letter would seem to indicate that public schooling (notice that word, schooling) was ever anything other than designed to dumb down the population. The Prussian indoctrination system was exported thoroughly throughout the world, including the U.S. It was designed to remove critical thinking and create a permanent industrial, well-fare class that could be easily controlled and manipulated as the elites desired. It’s called social-engineering. John Talyor Gatto has done all the research, so you don’t have to:

  8. DeepCough | Mar 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm |

    Oh, great, not only is the War on Terror jeopardizing our national security, but so is No Child Left Behind. Proof that all great clusterfucks are at least two-fold.

  9. If it honestly took the CFR this long to notice this, then I suspect it was only because they themselves were not exposed to a worthwhile education…

     Now, assuming that wasn’t the case (ie, assuming conspiracy theories are closer to the truth than the whole “we humans really are just this dumb” theories), I have to wonder  what the agenda was in putting out this report.

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