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ERIC Number: EJ738217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-22
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Talk of U.S. Crisis in Math, Science Is Largely Misplaced, Skeptics Say
Viadero, Debra
Education Week, v25 n28 p21 Mar 2006
Back in 1983, the National Commission on Excellence on Education issued a dire warning: The United States' "once unchallenged, pre-eminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world." Policy observers say such calls have been a leitmotif in the national discourse on education at least since 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made orbiting satellite. It is little wonder, then that contemporary warnings about the gathering storm--in the National Academies' phrase--facing the U.S. economy are being met with some skepticism. Researchers are challenging the accuracy of some of the statistics being bandied about in the current debate, and some columnists, such as The Washington Post's, Robert J. Samuelson, have even gone so far as to call them phony. "People have been predicting these terrible, dire outcomes for 50 years now, and they never happen," said Gerald W. Bracey, an independent education researcher based in Alexandria, Virginia. The skeptics do not challenge the need for improving math and science education at the K-12 level, a course of action that is at the heart of most of the current proposals aimed at protecting America's economic competitiveness. They just wonder if it's the right solution for the wrong problem. (Contains 3 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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