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Education, Equity, and the Economy

Education, equity, and the economy
MichaelBarber

Introduction

This article brings three distinct perspectives to bear. First, as an outsider with some knowledge of education systems around the world, I want to comment on how the school system in the United States looks against international benchmarks.

Second, as a battle-hardened veteran of the Blair government's controversial school reforms, I want to draw some lessons from that broadly successful but also messy, error-strewn experience, which took England from below average to above average in international benchmarks, but not yet world-class.

Third, I want to comment on the struggle, over more than two centuries, to close the gap between the American dream and the American reality.

I believe school reform in the United States is at a critical ...

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