How should the United States reform its K-12 education system to retain global competitiveness? Four experts say reforms revolve around teachers.
Declining academic performance at K-12 levels poses a threat to U.S. competitiveness and national security. Greater school choice and support for core national standards should be central to reform, says Joel Klein, co-chair of a new CFR independent task force.
As part of the Edward R. Murrow 60th Anniversary initiative current and former fellows discuss the stories that have had the most impact and present ideas for sustaining serious international journalism. Former fellow James Goldsborough talks about the backlash of the Vietnam War felt in Western Europe and declares education as a way to foster demand for international journalism. For more on the initiative, visit cfr.org/murrow.
"'How do you transform into a nation without also transforming the traditional, monarchical, patriarchal system?' [historian Allen Fromherz] asks. As the small but natural-gas-rich country emerges onto the world's stage, this and other questions are unavoidable: Are the American universities actors in the country's future or merely props? Can they teach students to think critically about the contradictions and changes in Qatar while under the patronage of its ruling family?"
Education must become a central focus to ensure a stable and prosperous U.S. in the future, write Margaret Spellings and Joel Klein. Klein lead the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security.
Budgetary constraints in a tight economy have forced reform and created conflict at the University of Virginia.
Megan McArdle examines whether college is a worthwhile investment in a time when the rising costs are leaving parents and students with large amounts of debt and college degrees no longer guarantee a job after graduation.
Andrew Martin explains the challenges borrowers face as they struggle to pay off their student loans as both the federal government and the debt collection industry attempt to recoup their money.
Ken Auletta writes that there are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should there be?
Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, who lead the Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, say improving education is key to America's leadership and national security.
Using Teach For America and the Finnish model as lenses through which to understand the United States' education issues, educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch asks what should and should not be done for America's K-12 school system.
Diminishing state funding for higher education is threatening important institutions of learning and social mobility, writes Daniel de Vise.
Marc Tucker claims the most effective means to improve U.S. education is to imitate the methods used by the best-performing countries.
Frederick M. Hess and Linda Darling-Hammond argue the federal government ought to focus on four issues regarding education: transparency, constitutional protections, research, and innovation.
This report emphasizes the roles that science, technology, education, and mathematics play in producing a strong workforce and enabling the United States to remain competitive in a globalized economy.
The National Education Policy Center's William Mathis argues that a lack of high tech jobs, not low standardized test scores, hinders America's international competitiveness.
In this comment, directors at the University of Botswana explain some of the difficulties in developing partnerships between African academics and their peers in the developed world.
This report offers policy recommendations to support the expansion of choice in elementary and secondary education.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
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