Thirty years ago, a Reagan administration report warned of “a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people.” The report, “A Nation at Risk,” tied that mediocrity to the alleged failure of America’s schools, the Huffington Post reports. Fast forward to 2012, and the story hasn’t changed, former New York City schools chief Joel Klein and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in a report provided to The Huffington Post slated to be released Tuesday. “The sad fact is that the rising tide of mediocrity is not something that belongs in history books,” said the report produced by a Council on Foreign Relations task force they co-chaired. The report, called the U.S. Education Reform and National Security report, argues for treating education as a national-security issue, noting that deficiencies in areas like foreign languages hold back America’s capacity to produce soldiers, diplomats and spies…

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