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The Need for Federal Government Involvement in Education ReformFor centuries generations of families have congregated in the same community orin the same general region of the country Children grew up expecting to earn aliving much like their fathers and mothers or other adults in their communityAny advanced skills they required beyond the three Rs Readin Ritin andRithmatik were determined by the local community and incorporated into thecurriculum of the local schools These advanced skills were taught to the up-and-coming generation so they could become a vital part of their community Thelast several decades has greatly expanded the bounds of the community toalmost anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world for that matterAdvances in transportation and communication has made the world a much smallerplace then the world we knew as children The skills our children need torealize parents perpetual dream of their children having a better life are nolonger limited to those seen in the local area It is becoming more and moreapparent that the education system of yesterday cannot adequately preparestudents for life and work in the 21st Century These concerns have promptedpeople across the country to take a hard look at our education system and toorganize their efforts to chance the education system as we know itThere are two major movements in recent years whose focus is to enhance theeducation of future generations The Standards movement focuses oneducational content and raising the standards of traditional teaching andmeasurement means and methods The Outcome Based Education OBE movement isexploring new ways of designing education and changing the way we measure theeffectiveness of education by focusing on results or outcomesIn September 1989 President Bush and the nations governors called anEducation Summit in Charlottesville Virginia At this summit President Bushand the nation s governors including then-governor Bill Clinton agreed on sixbroad goals for education to be reached by the year 2000 Two of those goals 3and 4 related specifically to academic achievement Goal 3 By the
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