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Problems In Education And Society

            According to "A Nation at Risk", the American education system .
             has declined due to a "rising tide of mediocrity" in our schools. .
             States such as New York have responded to the findings and .
             recommendations of the report by implementing such strategies as the .
             "Regents Action Plan" and the "New Compact for Learning".
             In the early 1980's, President Regan ordered a national .
             commission to study our education system. The findings of this .
             commission were that, compared with other industrialized nations, our .
             education system is grossly inadequate in meeting the standards of .
             education that many other countries have developed. At one time, .
             America was the world leader in technology, service, and industry, but .
             overconfidence based on a historical belief in our superiority has .
             caused our nation to fall behind the rapidly growing competitive .
             market in the world with regard to education. The report in some .
             respects is an unfair comparison of our education system, which does .
             not have a national standard for goals, curriculum, or regulations, .
             with other countries that do, but the findings nevertheless reflect .
             the need for change. Our education system at this time is regulated .
             by states which implement their own curriculum, set their own goals .
             and have their own requirements for teacher preparation. Combined .
             with this is the fact that we have lowered our expectations in these .
             areas, thus we are not providing an equal or quality education to all .
             students across the country. The commission findings generated .
             recommendations to improve the content of education and raise the .
             standards of student achievement, particularly in testing, increase .
             the time spent on education and provide incentives to encourage more .
             individuals to enter the field of education as well as improving .
             teacher preparation.
             N.Y. State responded to these recommendations by first .
             implementing the Regents Action Plan; an eight year plan designed to .

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