The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’

It’s an abstraction that has obscured the true workings of the country’s education system for decades

Children writing on a blackboard circa 1950. Photo: Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images

By Jack Schneider

Thirty-five years ago, in April of 1983, Ronald Reagan appeared before the press to publicize a government report warning of “a rising tide of mediocrity”…

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