WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, hosted an event recently to discuss an Independent Task Force report launched by CFR titled, U.S. Education Reform and National Security.
The event, sponsored by Raytheon, highlighted how education plays a role in national security.
The report warns that the United States’ failure to educate its students leaves its future economic prosperity, global position and physical safety at risk and poses a threat in confronting national security challenges on five fronts: economic growth and competitiveness, physical safety, intellectual property, U.S. global awareness, and U.S. unity and cohesion.
“When it comes to science, technology, engineering and math or STEM courses, it is imperative that we work harder to secure America’s future in the global marketplace,” said Margaret Spellings, former secretary of education and president of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
“The issue before us is not just a matter of catching up with our global competitors. We must find a way to help our students leap ahead of them and excel in the fields of defense, technology and cyber security.”
The report offers three broad policy recommendations to repair America’s lagging education system:
Implement educational expectations and assessments in subjects that are important to our national security.
Make structural changes in order to provide students and families with school choice options.
Have a “national security readiness audit” in order to hold schools and policymakers accountable for results and to raise public awareness.
The Task Force is co-chaired by Joel I. Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security adviser.