America Y2K: The Obsolescence of Educational Reforms


  • Sherman Dorn University of South Florida



Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Influences, Public Opinion, Social Problems


The passing of the deadline for fulfillment of the national education goals in the United States (the beginning of 2000) reflects the frequently hyperbolic statements of objectives and the manic pace of school reform efforts over the past two decades. The domination by schools of child and family life has combined with a longstanding reliance on schools to solve social problems to make school reform a politically opportune as well as visible issue. Thus, even if the phrasing of national education goals in the U.S. changes to reflect the passing of the nominal deadline, those pressures will remain.


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Author Biography

Sherman Dorn, University of South Florida

Sherman Dorn is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Social Foundations at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 based on his work on the history of dropout policies. He is currently looking at the history of special education in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1940 to 1990.




How to Cite

Dorn, S. (2000). America Y2K: The Obsolescence of Educational Reforms. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 8, 2.