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A nation of historical amnesiacs

In March, an Independent Task Force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations released its report, U.S. Education Reform and National Security. The Task Force, chaired by Joel Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, warns that “education failure puts the United States’ future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk.” The lack of adequate civic education played a large part in the report’s scathing indictment, with the Task Force noting that, in addition to K-12 schools failing to teach students adequate math and science skills, they “are also neglecting to teach civics, the glue that holds our society together.”