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Poor schools undermining US national security, panel says

The failure of US public schools to thoroughly prepare their students for a globalized world is undermining American national security, a blue-ribbon task force warned Tuesday, the AFP reports. In a 121-page report issued by the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York think tank, the 31-member panel said military muscle no longer suffices to ensure a nation’s safety and prosperity.

“Rather, national security today is closely linked with human capital, and the human capital of a nation is as strong or as weak as its public schools,” said the report, titled “US Education Reform and National Security.”

On the whole, “too many schools” are failing to prepare their students to compete in a fast-changing global economy, or even to produce “a sufficiently skilled military or workforce,” it said…

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