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Be True to Your School

Ernest L. Boyer, High School, A Report on Secondary Education in America; Harper & Row; New York.

by Carlisle G. Packard

In 1955, two-thirds of Americans asked by a Gallup poll indicated that they would be willing to pay more taxes if the increase were applied to raising teachers' salaries. In 1980, only 30 percent indicated such a willingness. Why? One reason is that Americans are more heavily taxed today than they were 25 years ago. The principal reason, however, is the decline in the quality of American education. As a result of this decline, standardized test scores for high school students have fallen steadily over the last two decades. Between 1963 and 1980 average verbal scores on the SAT dropped over 50 points and average math scores dropped nearly 40 points. High School: A Report on Secondary Education in America gives recommendations; for the reform of American education and thus attempts to reverse the decline in standards of contemporary schooling. Written by Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, a former U.S. Commissioner of Education, and funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this volume is informative and invaluable for educators and citizens who are interested in educational reform. Dr. Boyer's work is a complement to the National Commission on Excellence in Education report, A...

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