Mr. Obama, Here's How to Become the Education President

Friday, January 25, 2013

President Obama has defined education as a cornerstone of his legacy as president. He draws upon rich historical traditions such as the GI Bill that broadened education from classical and professional training to an expectation for most Americans.

We have come a long way from the grand experiments of the first phase of modern educational expansion (1945-1980) that responded to a growing middle class, a need for cutting-edge research and technology, an interest in producing STEM graduates, and the demand for a technology-driven workforce.

As the educational seeds planted flourished or withered on the vine during these years, America’s global ambitions, the demand to hold down taxes, and the need to consolidate the effects of rapid growth effectively "institutionalized" education, illustrated by the creation of the US Department of Education.

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