Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Nation at Risk

This article points out how far behind we were with schooling in the 1980s. Other countries were way ahead of us in business and commerce, as well as education. Without a good education, however, our citizens wouldn’t be able to make informed decisions, which would negatively impact our economy. With a number of heart wrenching statistics, this article shows that the US certainly has some room for improvement. The article, of course, lead to a lot of disagreement in the world of education. This is discussed in the article published twenty-five years later. A lot of educators believed the article was too harsh. Others however, believed it was completely necessary in order to progress education to the next level.

Although a lot of people believed the original article to be too harsh, I think it was necessary to get the ball rolling. Some issues tend to get pushed aside when people get too busy with other things. Education isn’t something that should ever be pushed aside. Without education, our nation couldn’t possibly progress. Regardless, the tone probably could have been slightly more positive. The second article talks a lot about how harsh the original article was, but I think it’s important to remember that the school system probably wouldn’t be where it is now if it wasn’t for the article.

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