Afghanistan's Learning Curve

Tomas Munita

Class act
A school in Herat in western Afghanistan

The White House says it understands that the solution to the war in Afghanistan is not purely military. Officials have declared a concomitant "civilian surge" of experts to bolster the embattled country's bureaucracy and economy along with the greater number of troops. But if the U.S. is truly committed to long-term security and stability in Afghanistan, it should be investing in the one pivotal sector that has received scant attention from the international community: education.

Short-term literacy and vocational programs, popular with donors, abound. As do school buildings up to the latest...

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