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ERIC Number: ED498312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 106
An Education Strategy to Promote Opportunity, Prosperity, and Growth
Bendor, Joshua; Bordoff, Jason; Furman, Jason
Brookings Institution
This paper discusses a framework for education policy, from early childhood through post-secondary education, along with major reform ideas consistent with that framework. We present evidence showing that education is critical to broad-based economic growth. Investments in education yield large returns to both society and the individual. Furthermore, expanding access to high-quality education directly addresses one of the major causes of increased inequality: technological changes that increasingly reward skilled workers. The paper presents evidence suggesting that America's educational system is neither in crisis nor reaching its full potential. To better secure the benefits of a strong education system, the paper outlines an evidence-based strategy that calls for new investments in some areas (such as early education) and structural reforms in others (such as the teacher tenure system). A recently proposed early education program for disadvantaged children and a proposal to dramatically simplify the federal student financial aid system are discussed in detail. (Contains 1 table and 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.