About the Book
In 1983, the famous report, Nation at Risk was published. In the preamble of that report was the following paraphrased commentary: “If an unfriendly foreign power had imposed our schools upon us, we would have considered it an act of war.”
Thirty years later, after employing dozens if not hundreds of reform ideas, after spending trillions of dollars, we have 7000 students a day dropping out of school, we rank 23rd in the world in math achievement and 17th in the world in reading, poverty is at an all-time high, our prison population continues to grow (particularly for minorities), inequality continues to expand and there is no state or district where student performance is competitive with the world’s best.
Interview with Donald P. Nielsen
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