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Nation at Risk, A

Arguably the most impactful education report in U.S. history, A Nation at Risk was authored by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, an 18-member group appointed by Terrel H. Bell, President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education. Completed in 18 months and released in April 1983, in the depths of a severe economic recession, the 36-page report created an immediate sensation with its blunt opening statement:

Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world. … The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people. … If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted ...

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