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ERIC Number: EJ911589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6173-5102-0
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
A Nation at Risk: Committee Members Speak Their Minds
Good, Curtis J.
American Educational History Journal, v37 n2 p367-386 2010
The role of federal involvement in education has, in recent years, become more and more prevalent. Such an involvement was not part of the historical origins of education at virtually any level. Whether it was for economic reasons, defense of the nation, the accountability of American taxpayers, or the pursuit of better civic-minded individuals, federal intrusion towards education certainly reached its highest peak over the last decade. The newest interventions have been more concentrated on the emergence of globalization and economic competition amongst nations, as well as, the prevailing ideology that America's schooling system has been failing to prepare students for emerging global economic demands. Thus, one sees today a focus on standards, goals, and measures to ensure that both students and teachers alike are achieving their prescriptive maximum potential. Some educational historians have labeled the new emergence of this focus on standardization and accountability as having taken shape during the Reagan administration. Their primary reasoning for this theory would point to the release of the "A Nation at Risk" report that was issued in April of 1983 by the appointed National Commission on Excellence in Education. "A Nation at Risk" (hereby referred to simply as "Nation" for the duration of this document) was an attempt to address the perceived decline in American education, but the public reaction (especially from those in the education sector) was not a positive response. This document attempts to, in an oral history approach, create a reflection of those committee members involved in creating "Nation" and their recollections of the past associated with "Nation" along with their current feelings. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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