- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Google fellow and Stanford University computer scientist Sebastian Thrun — who is ranked #4 on our Global Thinkers list for his work developing and promoting self-driving cars — spoke during this afternoon’s panel on "The New Economic Sources of Power." Thrun was withering in his assessment of the U.S. education system:
The thing that pains me by far the most is education and the direction where we’re going. I think we’re going in exactly the opposite direction from where we should be going. We’re really dumbing down our children. We’re doing an increasingly lousy job with high schools. We have increasingly misguided policies in bills such as No Child Left Behind. If you look at the students at a place like Stanford and the international students we could draw from, I think we are neglecting the most important resource which is human capital.
He was equally critical of American higher education:
Right now, in the United States, if you attend college, your parents pay $4,000 per class if it’s an Ivy League school, if it’s the University of Pheonix, maybe $1,200, and the product you’re getting is about 1,000 years old. Sitting in a class with a professor costs a lot of money and is very inefficient and mediocre.
On transportation, Thrun mocked states for investing in high-speed rail, which he called a "19th-century technology" that will soon be overtaken by more efficient and intelligent car designs.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.| Interview |