April 21, 1993

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For the past two years the education and political communities have been rushing pell-mell to establish world-class standards in each of a half-dozen subject-matter areas--mathematics, science, English, geography, civics, and the arts.
In the movie "Bull Durham,'' the manager of a baseball team that has lost its direction--and 16 of 24 games--gathers his players together and, in exasperation, tells them: "This is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You got it?''
Ten years ago this week marked an important moment in the history of American education. The release of A Nation at Risk, the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, galvanized attention and sparked a flurry of activity to overcome serious problems in American education. The report urged states to place an increased emphasis on core subject areas, to increase expectations of students, to make better use of the school day and year, and to bolster teacher training, pay, prestige, and professionalism. As a result, nearly every state boosted high school graduation requirements. By the end of the decade three-fourths of America's high schools reported higher attendance. And, overall funding for education has increased by more than 40 percent when adjusted for inflation.
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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