ERIC Number: ED422455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-30
A Nation "Still" at Risk. An Education Manifesto.
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Fifteen years after the release of the landmark education report, "A Nation at Risk," a number of the nation's most prominent education reformers, business leaders, and policymakers met at an event sponsored by the Center for Education Reform, Empower America, the Heritage Foundation, and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. To discuss the state of U.S. education and recommend far-reaching reforms. This manifesto results from that meeting and asserts that the risk poised by inadequate education has changed. The United States does not face imminent danger of economic decline or technological inferiority, but the state of children's education is still very far from what it should be. Evidence suggests that, compared to the rest of the industrialized world, students lag seriously in subjects vital to the country's future. A dual school system, separate and unequal, is being created, almost 50 years after it was declared unconstitutional. Equal educational opportunity is the next great civil rights issue. By this is meant the true equality that comes from providing every child with a first-rate elementary and secondary education. The main renewal strategies should be the implementation of standards, assessments, and accountability, and the acceptance of pluralism, competition, and choice. Toward these aims, 10 changes are proposed for the 21st century: (1) solid national academic standards and voluntary standards-based assessments; (2) school choice and the removal of school assignment based on home address; (3) strong charter school laws; (4) an increase in the supply of excellent schools; (5) rejection of classroom methods that have been proven not to work and programs parents do not want; (6) improved teacher/subject content knowledge; (7) alternative certification of teachers; (8) high pay for great educators and no pay for incompetents; (9) emphasis on classroom instruction and funding for instruction; and (10) parent participation and the involvement of other caring adults. A list of the signatories of the manifesto is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.