Status of the Schools

Archive Report

Calls for Quality

National Response to Pleas for Changes

The crisis in America's classrooms that has grabbed headlines for more than a year may not be over, but massive help is on the way. Ever since April 1983, when a federal commission warned the nation of a “rising tide of mediocrity” in its schools, educators, legislators and the public in general have debated how to improve the quality of education in America. More than that, the federal government and most states have taken steps to upgrade education in the nation's public schools. “There has been in the last 12 months more concerted nationwide action than at any other time in my memory and that includes [the activity following the 1957 Soviet launch of] Sputnik,” said Ernest ...

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