In the United States, nothing marks you as an Establishment figure more than membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. Its membership roster is littered with former presidents, cabinet members, corporate CEOs, and the like. Its research arm continually publishes proposals for world government and all sorts of things that would centralize political power.
It seems (but only seems) like the CFR has now paused momentarily from its globalist agenda to note that tax-funded education in the United States has turned into a big flop. Its new report, “U.S. Education Reform and National Security,” contains quite a few doozies about American “educational failure.” Here are some findings from the report:
- More than 25 percent of students fail to graduate from high school in four years; for African-American and Hispanic students, this number is approaching 40 percent.
- In civics, only a quarter of U.S. students are proficient or better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- Although the United States is a nation of immigrants, roughly eight in ten Americans speak only English and a decreasing number of schools are teaching foreign languages.
- A recent report by ACT, the not-for-profit testing organization, found that only 22 percent of U.S. high school students met “college ready” standards in all of their core subjects; these figures are even lower for African-American and Hispanic students.
- The College Board reported that even among college-bound seniors, only 43 percent met college-ready standards, meaning that more college students need to take remedial courses.
If that doesn’t ruin your day, the CFR’s recommendation to “remedy” this problem is to move toward a national curriculum that can be rammed down everyone’s throats (see, they managed to make an argument for more centralization out of this). There’s a nod to “enhanced choice and competition,” which probably means they’d like to see more charter schools, but not real competition.