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Unformatted text preview: OP-ED COLUMNISTThe Uneducated AmericanTBy PAUL KRUGMANPublished: October 8, 2009If you had to explain Americas economic success with one word, that word would be education. In the 19th century, America led the way in universal basic education. Then, as other nations followed suit, the high school revolution of the early 20th century took us to a whole new level. And in the years after World War II, America established a commanding position in higher education.But that was then. The rise of American education was, overwhelmingly, the rise of public education and for the past 30 years our political scene has been dominated by the view that any and all government spending is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Education, as one of the largest components of public spending, has inevitably suffered.Until now, the results of educational neglect have been gradual a slow-motion erosion of Americas relative position. But things are about to get much worse, as the economic crisis its effects exacerbated by the penny-wise, pound-foolish behavior that passes for fiscal responsibility in Washington deals a severe blow to education across the board....
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