Klein: U.S. Undervaluing Education; Kids to Pay

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City public schools, says America doesn't put enough value on education and students will pay the price.

In a Washington Post opinion piece, Klein notes the presidential candidates have devoted one percent of debate time to education issues. He writes it's "crazy" in an era of global competition that education has been relegated to the bottom of the heap in this election cycle.

"Unless voters insist that candidates give education the attention it deserves, this will be another political season in which both sides offer pablum without seeking a mandate for the ambitious reforms our schools require," he wrote.

Monday on "CBS This Morning," Klein issued a warning for the country: "If we don't make this front and center, we will pay an enormous price," he said. "The magic ingredient in America is that you can change your life with education."

He added that education issues require focus and attention, but public debate is now often driven by sound bites. "People don't want to get into the hard and tough questions," he said.

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