Last April marked 25 years since the seminal report "A Nation at Risk" a document that became a milestone in the history of American education.

Historian Diane Ravitch called it "the most important reform document of the 21st century." As the report alleged, after nearly two years of study by a so-called blue-ribbon commission, there was poor academic performance "at nearly every level" of the education system; and the system itself was "being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity."

After 25 years, we are more at risk and our system of education sadly needs not simply reform, but a complete overhaul.

Other nations in the new globally competitive economy have caught up to the U.S. and many like Japan, Singapore, Norway and Denmark surpass us.

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