UT chancellor says state of K-12 education is threat to national security

William McRaven is the former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.   Contributed photo

University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven, who recently spoke at a Dallas Regional Chamber state of higher education forum, said in today’s world he believes pre-K through 12 education is our nation’s greatest national security threat.

McRaven addressed the issues facing the state’s educational system during a recent speech to members of the Dallas Regional Chamber at a state of higher education forum. 

Among the topics McRaven touched on were the establishment of a dual-credit task force to examine the issue of students transferring credits earned in high school to colleges, better preparing high schoolers for college and the importance and affordability of higher education.  

“What we learned early on was that a lot of kids coming out of high school were just not ready for college,” McRaven said.

McRaven, who is also the former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, stressed that the state of our education system in the U.S. is actually our country’s biggest “national security issue.” McRaven said it is vital to teach our children to be able to think critically and to start preparing them for college at a very young age.

“If we don’t solve that problem as a nation, we will have all sorts of issues that we won’t be able to solve in the future and a lot of them will be national security issues, because we will have an uneducated population that will not know how to solve the issues that are outside our borders,” McRaven said.

The forum was part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s mission to work with educators and employers on student career opportunities and workforce training to support the Dallas economy.

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