<p>Building a 21st Century
U.S. Education System
Published by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
2007 Copyright © 2007 by Robert L. Wehling
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The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan advocacy and action organization dedicated to providing every child with
quality teaching in schools organized for success. With a network of coalitions in 25 states
and links to professional educational organizations across the nation, NCTAF provides
leadership for innovation and improvement in teaching and learning in America’s schools.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to all of the people who contributed to this
book, both the authors and the staff who assisted them.
All of us have had people in our lives who have inspired and motivated us. In the education
arena, I believe the most inspirational leader of our time has been Jim Hunt, former
Governor North Carolina and founder of both the National Board of Professional Teaching
Standards and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. No one has
been more passionately dedicated to quality teaching; to early childhood education; and to a
public education system that works