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On Feb. 4 of this year, President Clinton issued a call for a national mobilization to improve the quality and accessibility of public education for every American child. In his State of the Union Address he compared the struggle for democratic survival and competitive advantage in the global economy of the 21st century to the nation's efforts to prevail in the Cold War, and he implied that he sought the same sort of public commitment to a shared purpose that Franklin D. Roosevelt sought during World War II. Now, as then, a president made it clear that the nation was in danger. But now, unlike then, it is the weakness of public education, not the strength of totalitarianism, that accounts for that danger.
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