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Spellings: Students Need ‘More Math and Science’ to Be Competitive

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings led off today’s press briefing with a pitch to improve America’s competitiveness among students in elementary and high schools.

Spellings said it will take improvements in grades K-12 for the next generation of Americans to compete on a global scale. She recounted her own daughter’s experiences in high school as an example of students’ disdain for subjects such as math and science.

“We must encourage students to take more math and science,” Spellings said.

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Mr. Bluey, a contributing editor to Human Events, is director of the Center for Media & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He maintains a blog at

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