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A Nation at Risk

The Great School Reform Runaround

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

School administrators have responded to their impossible challenge by dumbing down standards, overstating progress and otherwise trying to fake success.

The Powerful Trend to Improve Schools through Expanded Learning Time

Jennifer Davis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

As the authors of A Nation at Risk pointed out more than 30 years ago, America's students simply do not spend enough time in quality learning environments to reach the high expectations of the modern global economy.

9 Ways the Right's Cradle to Grave "Randian State" Is An Assault on Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first generation to be fully subjected to the all-out assault of the idea that we take care of each other in this country. Some of us are the parents of Millenials, and we wonder: who will fight with them, and for them?

'A Nation At Risk': 30 Years After Report, Schools Remain Unchanged

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren't adept at new technology. America's economy will suffer ...

'A Nation at Risk': Its Legacy and Lessons Learned

Sue Hildick | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Sue Hildick

On state report cards, we get an A for being bike friendly and an A+ for hazelnut production. But Education Week gives us a C on its report card and ranks us 43rd in the nation for education based on numerous factors including how we treat teachers.

Thirty Years Later: Still At Risk

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The fundamental policy question today is precisely what it was in 1983: If we are outspending the rest of the world on education, why aren't we out-performing the rest of the world?

Joy Resmovits

Policy Leaders: National Security, Prosperity At Risk By Way Of Current School System

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education

Thirty years ago, a Reagan administration report warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people." The ...

Drowning in a Rising Tide of...

John Merrow | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
John Merrow

The real problem is not the Constitution's limits on the federal role in education. For all its talk of public education as 'the civil rights issue of our time," this Administration, like the one before it, simply does not have a powerful vision of what genuine education might be.

What's Driving Educational Reform in America?

Franklin Schargel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Franklin Schargel

Is it the governors who are demanding that schools be more effective while making draconiana cuts eliminating teachers, closing schools and eliminating subjects that children come to school to enjoy?

Educating for Democracy: Programs That Teach, Not Drill

Joel Shatzky | Posted 06.12.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The WISE Individualized Senior Experience program gives teenage students intellectually challenging projects that enable them to develop a sense of independence.

Educational Success: America's New Industrial Policy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Charles Kolb

When it comes to the quality of our K-12 education system, the results are risible. We have now had nearly 30 years of rhetoric, much of it aspirational -- but with few solid results.

Education's 15 Minutes of Fame

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elory Rozner

The medium is the message, right? Maybe the mainstream attention education reform is receiving is our best or only way to provoke action right now.

Waiting for the Teachers' Union

Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel Klein

"Waiting for 'Superman' " shines a much-needed spotlight on the status quo and the people who benefit from and defend it.