[caption id="attachment_110061" align="alignleft" width="150"] "In today’s global economy, a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity," Obama says—"it is a prerequisite to success."[/caption]

(Editor's note: This article is adapted from speeches and text on the White House website.)

To prepare Americans for the jobs of the future and help restore middle-class security, we have to out-educate the world—and that starts with a strong school system.

In today’s global economy, a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity—it is a prerequisite to success. Because economic progress...

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