Spring 2003: Vol. 3, No. 2

Our Schools and Our Future

Assessments of the state of American education on the 20th anniversary of the A Nation at Risk report

High Hurdles

The authors of A Nation at Risk recognized a fundamental truth of education: that reforms, if they are to be successful, must reach into education’s inner sanctum, the classroom.

Not So Grand a Strategy

A Nation at Risk emphasized the importance of learning so-called “higher-order skills” in the early grades. But even chess grand masters need to learn the basics first.

The Least Common Denominator

The effort to push underprepared students into academic courses has driven the rigor out of many textbooks and classrooms

Accountability Unplugged

Illustration by Stuart Bradford. A Nation at Risk foreshadowed the modern accountability movement. While the...

Ignoring the Market

Photograph by Stephanie Kuykendal. A Nation at Risk's most fatal flaw was its faith in...

Lost Opportunity

Increased economic growth, fueled by improvements in student performance, might have funded the nation’s entire K–12 education budget by now

Are We Still at Risk

Students do no more homework today than they did 20 years ago, despite the recommendations of A Nation at Risk.

The Erosion Continues

In 1983, a blue-ribbon education commission appointed by Ronald Reagan's first Secretary of Education,...

Leftover Business

That the nation is still debating—and has yet to address—many of the issues raised by A Nation at Risk is a testament to its prescience


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