There's grave concern about American public education today. Less than one-quarter of U.S. high school students meet "college-ready" standards in their core subjects, the non-profit testing organization ACT has found.
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment group, says 15-year-olds in the United States rank 17th in science and 25th in math compared to students in other industrialized countries.
In examining such findings, the Council on Foreign Relation's Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform recently warned that the United States is unprepared to compete and thrive in the global economy.
"Educational failure puts the United States' future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk," said Joel Klein, task force chair and former head of New York City public schools.
Former presidential candidate and Rep. Ron Paul has a radical fix. In his new book The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System he argues that parents must take back the authority over education.
Paul wants Americans to apply free market principles to the education system, take advantage of the Internet to teach their children, and pay closer attention to curriculum.
Paul will talk with Pat Robertson about The School Revolution, on Thursday's The 700 Club, Sept. 19. Check your local listings for show times, or check CBNNews.com after 11 a.m. ET for his interview.