"Markets may be troubled, but that's no reason to stop teaching our children. Yet that's exactly what we're doing," wrote columnist Paul Krugman, noting that 29,000 jobs in state and local education were among the 273,000 jobs lost nationally last month. He blasted centrist senators for having trimmed from the stimulus bill more state aid that might have mitigated public education cuts, and he called on Congress to approve more aid for state government now. "Beyond that," Krugman concluded, "we need to wake up and realize that one of the keys to our nation's historic success is now a wasting asset. Education made America great; neglect of education can reverse the process."