Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Condi Rice: Children of color worst hit by failing schools

In an appearance before an annual gathering of powerful women, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the failing American education system has become “the most pressing national security issue in this country right now.”

Rice, the highest-ranking African-American in government and the first Black woman to hold the post, made the remarks at The Women’s Conference on Oct. 22, a yearly event organized by California First Lady Maria Shriver.

Taking the Long Beach Convention Center stage to resounding applause from the nearly 15,000 in attendance, the statement by Rice — who previously served as President Bush’s national security advisor and was once the chief academic and budget officer at Stanford University — was particularly striking in light of her deep involvement in a global conflict against terrorism and the central role she plays in helping to oversee lengthy wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The state of education, in K-12, in this country is a national security issue,” she said during a discussion moderated by CNN host Campbell Brown. “And frankly, (it is worse) for underprivileged kids and children of color. I have long been in education, and it breaks my heart…to know that a (future) president of the United States could be sitting in one of these public schools that are basically warehousing. That makes me very sad. As secretary of state, that terrifies me.”

This gives me an idea for a future blog post.

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