With an emphasis on 21st-century education, President Obama on March 10 called for better early childhood education programs, tougher teaching standards, and increased pay for outstanding educators and desperately-needed math and science teachers.

Obama stressed the danger in letting U.S. education fall behind, saying the nation's place as a global economic leader will be put at risk if the U.S. does not do a better job of educating students.

"Economic progress and educational achievement have always gone hand-in-hand in America," he said.  "Education is a prerequisite for success."

The U.S. education system is in dire need of an overhaul, he said, and the...

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