According to a recent study released by The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and reported by Fox News, the United States’ education system is putting the country’s national security at risk. Yes, that CFR; the same elitist group that thinks they should be running the world. Apparently, it has finally dawned on them that the dumbing-down of America has gone too far and now they see a national security risk.
The CFR task force was co-chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein and included former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
“For starters, we don’t have nearly enough people who are capable in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math,” said former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a member of the council’s task force that wrote the report, titled “U.S. Education Reform and National Security.”
“We don’t have people who know and understand foreign languages and other cultures,” said Spelling, pointing out that U.S. children are ranked No. 17 in the world for language skills. “On any given day, there are hundreds of (job) vacancies for people who speak Pashtu and Arabic, and Mandarin and on and on.”
The report goes on to define five threats to national security resulting from America’s educational failures.
- Threats to economic growth and competitiveness
- U.S. physical safety
- Intellectual Property
- U.S. global awareness
- U.S. unity and cohesion
So, the elitist have come to the conclusion that they need the masses to be well-educated. They claim they see a threat to national security. I don’t argue with that. But, I suspect what they really see is a threat to their own privileged life style. They now see that the unwashed masses need an education much closer to what their children receive. And, believe me their children do receive a much different education than our children receive. Blogger, The republican Mother, has written several posts on this subject in the past. Maybe if she comes by today, she will leave us some links.
The CFR report has three recommendations. Let’s take a look:
- Expanding state standards to offer more lessons necessary for safeguarding national security, like science and language.
- Provide parents and students school choice
- Conduct “national security readiness audits” of all schools and hold them accountable if they’re not meeting standards.
I suppose that I should be glad that the elites have finally recognized that we have a serious problem with our system of education in America. It is a national crisis. But, unfortunately, the elites see themselves and government as the solution. When I try to imagine what these “national security readiness audits” would look like, I have visions of DHS Brown-Shirts busting into a classroom and dragging off the teacher to a re-education camp.
You and I know that government is not the solution to our lousy public education system. Education, like any product or service, will be best when there is competition, when teachers are rewarded based on merit rather than seniority, and when parents understand there is nothing more important than the education of their children.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?