Oh, Ronald Reagan. In 1983 his administration presented A Nation at Risk, a report that would forever change the game in American education.
In short, it claimed we had everything to fear. We were falling behind. Our teachers weren’t good enough.
And so began our collective sprint to a finish line where all children succeed, where domination in math and science would be as natural as breathing. To achieve these goals, however, we had to shed the excess – the nonessential.
And, just like that, the STEM virus began.