This special issue examines the underlying assumptions of the "A Nation At Risk" report, the context within which the Commission's work was situated, and the effects of the report in improving teaching and learning, as well as the performance of the public educational system. The purpose is to address three broad questions: Was America's education system really putting the nation at risk in the early 1980s? What is the legacy of "A Nation At Risk"? Given our current knowledge on education and human development, the report's overall concern is restated: What risks and opportunities lay before the nation today, and how will they affect the notion of a "learning society" and our public education system? Taken as a whole, the seven articles address the three broad issues identified regarding the past, current, and future of educational reform in the United States.

chapter 1|29 pages

A Nation at Risk Revisited

Did “Wrong” Reasoning Result in “Right” Results? At What Cost?
ByJames W. Guthrie, Matthew G. Springer

chapter 2|28 pages

Education and the Economy Revisited

How Schools Matter
ByDouglas N. Harris, Michael J. Handel, Lawrence Mishel

chapter 3|23 pages

From Excellence to Equity

Observations on Politics, History, and Policy
ByJoseph P. Viteritti

chapter 4|18 pages

Educational Quality and Policy Redesign

Reconsidering the NAR and Federal Title I Policy
ByKenneth K. Wong, Anna C. Nicotera

chapter 5|25 pages

Curricular Reform in Mathematics and Science Since A Nation at Risk

ByThomas M. Smith

chapter 6|34 pages

In the Wake of A Nation at Risk

New American Schools' Private Sector School Reform Initiative
ByMark Berends

chapter 7|13 pages

A Nation at Risk After 20 Years

Continuing Implications for Higher Education
ByTimothy C. Caboni, Mitiku Adisu