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National Secrutity & Education

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Date: Oct. 31, 2011 Education and National Security Security Historically, America has been at the forefront of education. We have some of the oldest institutions of middle, high school and higher education. We were among the first of nations to construct and finance public education. And, ever since the beginning of our nation (1776), education has been the backbone of our nation’s security. With the Ivy-league colleges and then the land-grant universities, America always had an eye to higher education, specialized talents, and much-needed intellectual ability. But for most Americans, education stops with what was and is provided as a public right. When we were an agrarian nation (farming and so forth) education took our kids up to a solid secondary education to become better managers of our prime industry. When we became an industrialized industrialized nation, education lead the way with a high school education to prepare the workers for the more demanding tasks of that industrial era. When we stood on the precipice of a more modern industrialized society following World War II we upped the ante and created the GI Bill to allow, some would even say coerce, our youth to follow a higher educational course. Throughout the ‘50s, graduating college students filled the professional ranks, the more demanding careers in law enforcement, medical support, accounting, management, aviation and pre-law. And then we stopped. Thinking ourselves capable of meeting the pinnacle of need of the nation, we allowed the GI Bill to fade away, we allowed the taxation system to stagnate when it came to education, we allowed the educational curricula to fracture and fall prey to non-national needs. Of all the industrialized industrialized nations, we lost our will to engage in a national consensus on educational need and we allowed our educational standing in an ever-increasingly demanding industrial complex to wane. In short, we forced the industrial base to look elsewhere for the talent needed to sustain our economy and, when it comes to law enforcement, the military and the defense industry, we fell behind twenty other nations in the training skills of o f our most vital employees. If we can accept that the computer, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, optical, medical, energy, meteorological, electrical, space, and control systems are the most demanding and most vital next generation industries industries and callings for the nation, then we must – as our forefathers did – fund and prepare the classrooms for that future. We became the No. 1 producer of agrarian products in the world simply because we got a jump on everybody else in small one-room classrooms across this nation – and then we continued to fund those

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schools and programs (like the FFA, the YFEA, the NFU and 4H) through today. And the result? We’re the no. 1 farming practices’ and output nation in the world. We became the world’s leading industrialized nation by funding public high school, turning out students who became more capable workers and business owners, able to manage modern industrialized machines, management and inventions. We continued to fund that level of education, reaching higher standards for industry and agriculture by establishing state-owned universities, universities, funded through the land grant laws of the last half of the 1800s. To know more, check out the more than 70 universities who are funded, in large measure, by the revenue streams earned off of public lands leased for their benefit. And yet, we allowed these land-grand universities to change from free educational facilities to money machines for teachers, coaches, sports programs and administrators. Super bowls alone garner huge fees, none of which is passed down to offset tuition. tuition. In 1970,what 1970,what once was a minimal fee of $80 per term for a Californian or New Yorker freshman or woman is now past $6,000 per term. And yet they can pay even one sports coach $1.5 million a year – the tuition for 125 students. And now? We’re stacking the deck against American industry, against the safety of our nation, favoring greed, sports corruption, and a myopia of the real world’s newest industrial needs. We blindly hope that entrepreneurs will make start-ups in garages to rescue America. And yet we fail to recognize that 22% of Apple’s highest-level educational employees are not from this country. Their nationality is not a bad thing, but it does prove our stupidity of not preparing Americans first and foremost. We need, urgently, to turn back the clock and regain our emphasis on education, education based on the more demanding needs to come. We cannot rely on wealthy Americans nor on students who mortgage their future with college loans to secure this nation. The national interest must come first, we must reprioritize reprioritize our public educational – and national security’s – future.

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