October 4, 1989

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Charlottesville, Va.--President Bush and the nation's governors walked away from last week's education summit with an unprecedented agreement to establish national performance goals and to engineer a radical restructuring of America's educational system.
The whimsical creatures who inhabit the world of Dr. Seuss may seem like the least likely of literary characters to spark a debate over reading curriculum.
Angered by the legislature's decision to use a state budget surplus for a tax cut rather than for education, some 20,000 Utah teachers staged a one-day strike last week that shut down all but two of the state's 40 school districts.
I checked into a motel room late one night a few years ago after a long day of appointments in Illinois. I flipped on the room's TV set, hoping to catch the late news. Instead, I saw an actor being sawed in half with a chain saw, in vivid color.
Perhaps the most troubling sign of teaching's image crisis is the loss of faith by teachers themselves in their chosen profession.
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