-Arne Duncan, US Education Secretary.
"Nearly one fourth of the students who try to join the US Army fail its entrance exam...can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released by the Education Trust."
" 75% of those17 to 24 do not qualify to join the military because they are not physically fit, have a criminal record of did not graduate from high school."
-Department of Defense
If this is true of the traditionally lower level required to enlist than for most employers, then what does this say about America and America's future? And what of the more elite services, where education and readiness are essential (within each branch of the military)?
Will we be able to compete with China, India, Europe or in the future Africa in the world marketplace?
What can be done?
Firs published on this site 12/22/09