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Disturbing trends in education continue to undermine the nation's economic competitiveness, according to a report from the Council on Competitiveness.

The report from the Washington-based coalition of business, labor and higher education leaders notes that U.S. high school graduates receive far less training than their counterparts in Germany, France, and Japan.

The report also found that U.S. students spend about half as much time on core academic subjects as students in those three countries. American students are stronger in reading, it says, than their counterparts in other industrialized countries, but they lag in mathematics and science.

The 20-page report, "Human Resources Competitiveness Profile," can be ordered for $15 each, plus shipping, from the Council on Competitiveness, 1401 H St., N.W., Suite 650, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 682-4292.

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