Presentation on theme: "A Nation at Risk The U.S. Department of Educations National Commission on Excellence in Education published the report, A Nation At Risk, in 1983. This."— Presentation transcript:
A Nation at Risk The U.S. Department of Educations National Commission on Excellence in Education published the report, A Nation At Risk, in 1983. This document is often cited as the origin of current reform efforts. This document stated its conclusion in brief BUT dramatic terms:
If an unfriendly power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We have even squandered the gains in achievement made in the wake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantled essential support systems which helped make those gains possible. We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.
Nation at Risk The Commission advanced the following recommendations: Graduation requirements should be strengthened so that all students establish a foundation in five new basics: English, mathematics, science, social studies, and computer science.
Schools and colleges should adopt higher and measurable standards for academic performance. The amount of time students spend engaged in learning should be significantly increased. The teaching profession should be strengthened through higher standards for preparation and professional growth.
Bill Gates …on U.S. High Schools American high schools are obsolete. By obsolete, I dont mean that they are broken, flawed, or under funded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. Even when our high schools are working as designed, they cannot teach all our students what they need to know to lead productive, happy lives.