The 1980s were a time of great innovation, of unprecedented opportunity and of tremendous promise.
They were also a time when American education systems were at the height of their power and resources.
In the wake of the Great Recession, the nation had embarked on an ambitious transformation of public education.
But for the past several decades, the trajectory of American public schools has been the same as it has been since the late 1970s.
The system is struggling to meet its goals, and its teachers are getting paid less and less.
And the public schools are failing students.
The most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that, for the first time in U.K. history, students are receiving less and fewer quality school supplies than they were before the Great Depression.
This has resulted in a marked decline in quality in many of the nation’s public schools.
The data also indicates that there are significant disparities in the quality of education across racial and ethnic lines.
The results are a warning of what may lie ahead for American public education, and it raises questions about the quality and affordability of American education.
This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of Vice magazine.
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