Education: The Down Fall of the U.S.

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“Our Nation is at risk.” This was the very first line of the 1983 report from President Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education. The report focused on the growing concern that the American education system was in a rapid decline. With such powerful statements like "the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people" and "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”, the report sent off a firestorm of reform efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. Almost thirty years later, has…show more content…
Some ways seen by the NCEE as possibilities to do this was to have salaries that were professionally competitive and performance-based. Teachers should be able to show competency in academic discipline. The fifth and final category, Leadership and Fiscal Support, consisted of six recommendations directed to the people of the United States. In summery the NCEE recommended “that citizens across the Nation hold educators and elected officials responsible for providing the leadership necessary to achieve these reforms, and those citizens provide the fiscal support and stability required to bring about the reforms we propose.” The NCEE wanted to emphasize that the federal government was essential in meeting the needs of gifted, socioeconomically disadvantaged, minority, and handicapped students. To achieve this, the Federal government must ensure that all civil and constitutional rights are complied with. Also seen is the need for financial, research, and graduate training provided by the Federal government. Current Educational Reform Issues Almost thirty years later and the United States still face an educational downward spiral. The local, state, and Federal governments continued inefficiency to fully reform the education system as well as to fully implement the recommendations of the NCEE, have continued to place the
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