Afghan Elemetary Education: For Soldiers

From Wired’s Danger Room

Right now, only 18 percent of those 243,000 cops and grunts have more than a Kindergarten-level ability to read. Which means they’ve got major trouble doing everything from keeping track of their gear to following a battle plan to getting paid, the general in charge of the NATO training effort says.

“We’re talking about giving them anywhere from between a first grade-level education to about a third grade-level education. For many back in America, that’s really hard to comprehend. And I understand that. It was for me, too.”

Why do we have to find this information on a technology website? Why can’t the news networks do this kind of reporting? Why can’t the president explain that this is why it is taking so long for that backward country to pull itself out of the 3rd century?

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