It seems to me that the educational system is a significant national security matter and a significant economic matter.
Is there some way that the US would be better off with weaker national security and economic footing?
Am I wrong about the impact of technology on warfare or economies?
Am I wrong about the impact of education on the capacity to be technologically savvy and innovative?
What's the bit that I am missing?
How is it not in the vital interests of a democracy in the modern world to have a well-educated populace?