Education

News Release

U.S. Education Slipping in Ranks Worldwide, Earns Poor Grades on CFR Scorecard

The U.S. education system is not as internationally competitive as it used to be; in fact, the United States has slipped ten spots in both high school and college graduation rates over the past three decades, according to a new report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations' Renewing America initiative, which examines the domestic foundations of U.S. power. U.S. national security is directly linked to issues such as education because shortcomings among American workers threaten the country's ability to compete with other countries and set a compelling example internationally.

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Op-Ed

Malala’s Message

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Medium

Following Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about why governments, international organizations, and nonprofits should act now to extend girls’ access to education globally.

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Op-Ed

Beating Boko Haram

Author: Isobel Coleman
Foreign Affairs

Isobel Coleman and Sigrid von Wendel explain why Boko Haram has targeted Nigeria's schools and offer recommendations for how the Nigerian government can more effectively fight the rising insurgency.

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Op-Ed

Be Rich, Be Smart, Live Longer. Fair?

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

Peter Orszag writes that the link between life expectancy and college completion is not well understood, but they appear to be related to growing income inequality.

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Op-Ed

The Diploma Gap Between Rich and Poor

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

Peter Orszag argues that widening gaps in college completion rates between rich and poor students not only undermines the American ideal of equal opportunity, but also misses an economic opportunity to boost productivity.

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Op-Ed

Put Your Endowment Money Where Your Mission Is

Authors: Terra Lawson-Remer and Dan Apfel
The Chronicle of Higher Education

University endowments ought to be invested in corporations that promote their institutions' mission, argues Terra Lawson-Remer. But for that happen, the Securities and Exchange Commission will first have to require public corporations to disclose their campaign spending activities.

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Op-Ed

Chicago Gives Students More Time to Succeed

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

In the wake of a move to increase instructional time for Chicago public school students, Peter Orszag highlights education research showing a link between more time in the classroom and improved academic performance.

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