A Course in Politics

Reagan and the Democrats try for high marks on education

The gymnasium in the Minneapolis suburb was hot and airless. Students squirmed T in the bleachers while a panel of teachers and politicians discussed the quality of education. One shirtsleeved speaker, however, held the audience rapt. "I just have a feeling that maybe the generation that went through the Great Depression and the great war, World War II, maybe we thought we ought to make things easier for our children," mused the President. "Maybe we're partly responsible for what has happened." Ronald Reagan's...

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