Do Our Public Schools Threaten National Security?
The New York Review of Books
June 7, 2012
Quoted: Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Topic: Public schools as a national security threat
Steven M. Walt offers a dissenting voice to a recent Council on Foreign Relations task force report that says U.S. schools are so bad they threaten our national security:
“Not only do American schools rank among the top 10 percent of the world’s 193 nations, [Walt] writes, but none of the states whose children outperform US students is a potential rival. Barring major foreign policy blunders unrelated to K–12 education, no country is likely to match US military power or overall technological supremacy for decades. There are good reasons to improve K-12 education, but an imminent threat to our national security is not among them.”