June 9, 1982

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The fiscal 1983 budget being offered by the Reagan Administration marks "a new low point" in civil-rights enforcement that threatens to reduce federal civil-rights laws to "little more than devalued pieces of paper," according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
The decay of science education in America's schools has been repeatedly certified by extensive national surveys over the past few years, leaving no doubt that we are producing successive generations of scientific illiterates, to the detriment of industry, defense, and culture.
No objective of public policy ultimately transcends the proper education of the American people. Defense spending, tax codes, and the like can do nothing if the population is without knowledge. The current policy mix toward education is doing more than any of us would admit in determining just where the United States will stand in the 21st century.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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