Eight national goals are as unrealistic as they are ambitious.  The goals are not unworthy; they cannot be accomplished by the year 2000 and reaching them will not depend upon some federal government program.


                                                      1.  By the year 2000, all children in America starting to school will be ready to learn.

                                                      2.  By the year 2000, the high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90%.

                                                      3.  By the year 2000, all students will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography, and every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment in our nationŐs modern economy.

                                                      4.  By the year 2000, the nationŐs teaching force will have access to programs for he continued improvement of their professional skills and opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare all American students for the next century.

                                                      5.  By the year 2000, United States students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.

                                                      6.  By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

                                                      7.  By the year 2000, every school in the United States will be free of drugs, violence and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.

                                                      8.  By the year 2000, every school will promote partnership that will increase parental environment and participation in promoting the social, emotional and academic growth of children.

                                                      (Goals 2000, the Educate America Act, Public Law 103-227, I, 102.


James Strauss, Lincoln, IL