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Harvard Survey Reveals Pessimism About K-12

By Michele Molnar — September 16, 2014 1 min read

A survey of nearly 2,000 Harvard Business School alumni reveals continued pessimism about the United States’ future economic competitiveness and the quality of its schools.

In a report released last week, the business school indicated that 47 percent of its alumni expect a deterioration in U.S. competitiveness over the next three years, and they saw little improvement in the K-12 education system, which contributes to the country’s competitive position as it prepares students who will enter the workforce.

The alumni said they saw only small signs of progress in the United States’ K-12 system—a modest level of improvement that puts education on par with the U.S. tax code, political system, and regulatory policy—in the respondents’ views of how much those areas have improved in the same period.

A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2014 edition of Education Week as Harvard Survey Reveals Pessimism About K-12

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