Goals 2000 was President Clinton’s revised version of President Bush’s program to address the nation’s educational problems. Signed in 1994, this reform program two additional goals to Bush’s six, advocating for the involvement of parents as well as establishing programs to improve the education of teachers. These two goals were added to a list that included goals for school readiness, school completion, student achievement and citizenship, mathematic and science achievement, adult literacy and learning, and disciplined, drug and violence free schools.
I had not heard of Goals 2000 before and found the fifth goal to be particularly interesting. This goals states that by the year 2000, students of the United States will be first, leading the world in mathematics and science achievement (Goals 2000, 1994). The value in this goal, is clearly evident, however I see how there may have been controversy over the core of these initiatives. While I am hardly an expert, to the extent that I understand, I believe schools should be locally controlled. And while there must undoubtedly be standards and accountability within local control, schools dictated by national and political initiatives seem counter to democracy.
While this source is a detailed statement regarding American educational ideals, it draws attention to the need to have detailed ways of implementing goals as this was lacking in Goals 2000. This source aids educational reform by specifically outlining ways in which education should be a holistic and life-long experience.
Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994, H.R. 1804, 103d Cong. (1994).