Are We Still a Nation at Risk Two Decades Later?

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R&L Education, 2004 - Education - 191 pages
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For the past twenty years, federal and state education departments and school districts have been engaged in efforts that have touched every phase of public education. We have seen the emergence of the standards movement, "high-stake" testing, and an emphasis on school accountability. Requirements for those entering the teaching profession have become more stringent in order to provide "highly qualified" teachers. School personnel on all levels must deal with constantly changing requirements, often without the financial support necessary. High school graduation requirements have been changed, especially in the areas of technology, math, and science. The ideas of school choice, charter schools, and school vouchers are being experimented with in many forms. These changes have all been accelerated with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act signed in 2002. This book is a study of the 1983 report A Nation at Risk and its impact on public education. Hayes analyzes the impact of this reform and suggests future priorities for public education in the United States.
 

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Contents

The Beginning
1
The Commission
11
The Report
21
The Others
37
The Critics
44
The Standards
53
The Tests
64
The Teachers
76
The Parents
115
The Students
126
The Money
134
The Choice
146
The Law
158
The Present
166
The Future
172
Index
185

The Administrators
96
The Boards
106
About the Author
191
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William Hayes is an associate professor of education at Roberts Wesleyan College. During his forty-three years in education, he has worked as a high school teacher, department chairman, assistant principal, principal superintendent, college division chairman, and professor.

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