Recent studies have concluded that the United States continues to fall behind other countries in student achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Please join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the future of U.S. education policy and its implications for international competitiveness and national security.
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The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness. The report offers guidance to policymakers and others on education reforms that will transform K-12 public school systems to ensure America's economic and political growth and security. The Task Force is chaired by Joel I. Klein and Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security adviser. It is directed by Julia Levy, former director of communications for the New York City Department of Education.
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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.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of August 3–7, 2015.
"'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.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
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
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