ERIC Number: ED348734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
National Education Goals: Can We Afford Them?
Guthrie, James W.
Financial estimates for achieving the six national education goals proposed at the Charlottesville Education Summit are provided in this paper. Specific objectives under each goal, as outlined by the National Goals Panel, are assessed. A conclusion is that although the cost estimates have involved huge assumptions and sometimes wide variations, the total cost ranges from approximately $34-$77 billion. However, the cost must be considered in the context of time; educational improvement is an ongoing process of maintaining achievement standards. A comparison with national health care costs illustrates that funding for education would take up a considerably smaller share of the Gross National Product even at the $77 billion level; in any case, an educated citizenry is at least as necessary for the nation's survival. But the cost of the education goals must be considered in the context of time, recurring every year into the indefinite future. Finally, the technical means and financial resources may be within the nation's grasp. Two tables are included. (Contains 16 notes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Education Goals 1990
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).