From ED in ’08:
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark education report, A Nation at Risk, which warned that America’s weak education system was undermining American prosperity, security and society.
Their report A Stagnant Nation: Why American Students are Still at Risk is a must-read:
A Stagnant Nation: Why American Students are Still at Risk shows the lack of progress in the school reform movement since the 1983 release of the National Commission on Excellence in Education’s letter to the American people, A Nation at Risk.
ED in 08’s report card explains that key recommendations related to time, teaching and standards have yet to be realized.
I’m impressed – ED in ’08 is really starting to turn things around.
The prescriptions and clarion calls sounded in A Nation at Risk have gone largely unheeded. The report wasn’t perfect, but it identified successfully many of the ills that spent 25 more years further eroding public education.
There are several reasons why Risk didn’t take root immediately – labor interests, teacher education programs, perceptions of and measures of accountability, etc. And, some would argue, a generation has been lost as a result of this failure.
That can’t be helped at this point.
But now we can look to the past, present and future – we really do have a rare opportunity to do this sensibly – and get on with things. We can think about what teaching is and what it should be; we can look at the present economy and match humanistic education with business needs; we can utilize the data/information that our best policy minds wield, mix it up with what history has shown us and work up a plan.
Or, of course, we can do nothing and embrace even more strongly the delusion that we’re doing a wonderful job simply because we’re compassionate, caring and committed to education. That’s worked poorly for 25 years, though.
For some other worthwhile takes on the 25 years since A Nation at Risk debuted, peep the following:
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