President Reagan's Education Plan, from Speech
We Americans are still the world's technological leader in most fields.
We must keep that edge, and to do so we need to begin renewing the basics--starting with our educational system. While we grew complacent, others have acted. Japan, with a population only about half the size of ours, graduates from its universities more engineers than we do. If a child doesn't receive adequate math and science teaching by the age of 16, he or she has lost the chance to be a scientist or engineer.
We must join together--parents, teachers, grassroots groups, organized labor, and the business community--to revitalize American education by setting a standard of excellence.
In 1983, we seek four major education goals:
A quality education initiative to encourage a substantial upgrading of math and science instruction through block grants to the states;
Establishment of "education savings accounts" that will give middle- and lower-income families an incentive to save for their children's college education and, at the same time, encourage a real increase in savings for economic growth;
Passage of tuition tax credits for parents who want to send their children to private or religiously-affiliated schools;
A constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer; God never should have been expelled from America's classrooms.