Our talent has historically come from every part of American society, without regard to class and economic circumstance. But when a child’s zip code determines whether she will get a good education, we are losing generations to poverty and despair. The crisis in US education is the greatest single threat to our national strength and cohesion.That crisis has multiple causes. Whether or not it has ever been the case that open admission to leadership positions existed, there is truth in the bundling of good schools with good neighborhoods. Whether the schools can overcome the unraveling of institutions elsewhere remains to be seen.
A former Secretary of State offers some reasons for continued U.S. leadership. Beyond the expected meditations on diplomacy and military affairs, comes this.