February 9, 1994

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Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley took to the road last month in his first sustained effort to use the "bully pulpit" that comes with a Cabinet post to promote the cause of education reform--and the reform program he has labored to enact.
It's time to recognize that, for many students, real mathematical power, on the one hand, and facility with multidigit, pencil-and-paper computational algorithms, on the other, are mutually exclusive. In fact, it's time to acknowledge that continuing to teach these skills to our students is not only unnecessary, but counterproductive and downright dangerous.
The united States needs reliable, representative information about what American students know and can do. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the primary means of providing that information.
N early 14 years ago, Jimmy Carter presided over a ceremony marking the creation of the U.S. Education Department. Today, Bill Clinton, the first Democrat to hold the Presidency since Mr. Carter, is working tirelessly to build bridges between the Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services departments and a host of other federal agencies.
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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