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During his first term in office, President Ronald Reagan assembled some of the United States’ foremost educators to study the failures of the American school system and provide policy recommendations for reform. Chartered as the National Commission on Excellence in Education, the group published its findings in a 1983 report that sent shockwaves throughout the country and stimulated decades of school change.
Although written thirty years ago, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform reads like it is describing the crisis in American education today. As evidenced by this report’s opening quote excerpted from the study, public education has not improved in the decades hence, as students still “emerge from high school ready neither for college nor for work.”