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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Independent Task Force Report [Paperback]

Joel I. Klein , Condoleezza Rice , Julia Levy
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March 2012 0876095201 978-0876095201
This Independent Task Force report asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming K-12 public schools is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness.

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About the Author

Joel I. Klein is the chief executive officer of the educational division and executive vice president, Office of the Chairman, of News Corporation. He is also the former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Condoleezza Rice is a professor of political economy in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of the Rice Hadley Group and a former U.S. secretary of state and national security adviser. Julia C. Levy is the former director of communications for the New York City Department of Education.

Product Details

  • Series: Independent Task Force Report
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press (March 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876095201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876095201
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful

public schools do not put our national security at risk

free, open and equitable public schools establish our national security and our freedom as an equal people of inalienable rights.

This present manual is nothing less than a sales pitch from people with a profit to make from restricting these hard earned rights and values. This is Dick Cheney on war, out looking for a profit.

The people who put this book together include the head of a charter school system eager for further public profit for an unworkable and inequitable charter school system, which excludes far more than it educates. We read here as well from people who profit from the ubiquitous and continual criminal testing which now invades our schools like a cancer.

In fact the only valid and readable sections of this book lie in the dissenting opinions in the end, which support our present and past system of public education when freely and equitably managed, not when curtailed for private and personal profit as this book urges.

Shame once more on Condoleeza and company.

For instance, see the section written by Linda Darling-Hammond in which she dissects and destroys the false claims of the charter school industry.

See also the excellent analysis from Harvard's Stephen Walt who carefully pierces the ridiculous bubaboo that our public education somehow poses some national security threat to the USA. Quite the opposite. When properly implemented our public education system guarantees the well informed public required by our democracy, a critical and informed populace feared by those who would control us for their own personal profit and gain, the ones who truly threaten our national security as a free people.
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