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       In recent years educational standards have been changing more than ever. People have begun to realize that it is in need of a lot of change. The wake up call came in 1983 when the education system was suddenly getting more harsh criticism than the Russian launch of Sputnik. One blue-ribbon panel after another (the President's Commission, the Twentieth Century Fund, the Carnegie Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Education Commission of the States) proclaimed the same thing: U.S. public schools were terrible at their main goal of educating children.

       Suddenly the media was all over education. Magazines, such as Time and Newsweek ran cover stories, TV networks had special reports, and President Reagan made it the topic of his weekly radio program. But then, just as suddenly as it had made it's appearance, the issue left the front pages without a resolution, leaving the education system with a bad reputation.

       Because of this media frenzy all forms of education activist groups appeared. Some wanted major reform, some wanted just some fine tuning, and others wanted the complete redesign of the educational system. But the question is, how can it be improved? Are these ideas really going to change education, or just the same thing being done differently? And if so, which path should we choose?

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