Following the successful launch of an education-only satellite by the government of India last fall, educators there were engaged in regional meetings throughout that country last month to ensure that Indian students are ready to compete globally in science, mathematics, engineering, and related disciplines.

The U.S. reaction to the launch of a dedicated education satellite by India was in stark contrast to what happened nearly 50 years ago, when the Soviet Union's launch of the Sputnik satellite drew headlines, news bulletins, and fevered calls for education reform from coast to coast. The perceived threat


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