In a recent report, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was stated to consider a major concern for national security as education and the failure of some public schools. Rice listed this kind of failure as an occurrence that could lead to an inability to effectively compete as a nation on a global scale.
Secretary Rice, who before joining the current Administration worked as a professor at Stanford University, commented at a recent women’s conference that not providing all children with equal access to a quality education undermines a core American belief in equal opportunity for all to succeed, as reported by Reuters.
Rice is also reported to have stated that the current presidential campaigns have put little focus on addressing issues in the current educational systems in comparison to other focal points. As quoted in the Reuter’s report, Rice proposed that “if we cannot do better in educating all of our people, then we are not going to be competitive in a global economy… we’re going to turn inward, the United States is not going to lead.”