American Presidents and Education

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First, it once again made education a national issue. Second, excellence reform shifted the policy focus from the disadvantaged, where it had been since Johnson Great Society, to the education of the best and brightest. Third, excellence reform redirected educational influence from the federal government to the states. Fourth, attention was switched from the elementary schools, where equity interventions are most plausible, to high schools, where final academic grooming begins.


NOTES
1.
Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 ( New York: Random House, 1987), p. 515.
4.
Benjamin M. Friedman, Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After ( New York: Random House, 1988), p. 4.
13.
Deborah A. Verstegen and David L. Clark, "The Diminution in Federal Expenditures for Education During the Reagan Administration," Phi Delta Kappan, October 1988, p. 135.
15.
Ibid.
20.
Ronald Reagan (with Richard G. Hubler), Where's the Rest of Me? ( New York: Karz, 1965), p. 7.
22.
Ibid., p. 10.
23.
Ibid., p. 24.
26.
Ronald Reagan, The Creative Society ( New York: Devin-Adair, 1968), p. 125.
28.
Ibid., p. 120.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Education and the Presidency 1
  • Notes 9
  • 2 - Education for Democracy 13
  • Notes 27
  • 3 - Education for the Economy 31
  • Notes 52
  • 4 - Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) and the Equity Reform Movement 59
  • Notes 81
  • 5 - Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) and the Excellence Reform Movement 87
  • Notes 115
  • 6 - George Bush (1989- ) and National Standards 121
  • Notes 138
  • 7 - A National Framework 143
  • Notes 152
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 165
  • About the Author 171
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