What Problem?

William J. Attea

Abstract


During recent weeks, the public media has continued to barrage the educational establishment in the United States with critical assessments and comparisons regarding what is happening in our classrooms. Whether it was Peter Brimelow writing in Forbes Magazine, James Kilpatrick in The Sun Times, or Joan Beck in The Chicago Tribune, critics of the schools have complained about rising costs, declining achievement and the fact that Japan and other countries have significantly outstripped the United States in preparing young minds for the future. With a sense of smugness, we might simply sluff off these articles as part of the public press' desire to increase readership via selective criticism of public agencies. We've responded this way in the past; why not now?

Keywords


Achievement; Media; Opinion

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