"Nation At Risk" is the report of a presidential commission comprising, inter alia,
David P. Gardner (Chair) President University of Utah and President-Elect, University of California Salt Lake City, Utah
Norman C. Francis President Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana
A. Bartlett Giamatti President Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
Gerald Holton Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts
Glenn T. Seaborg University Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Laureate University of California Berkeley, California Cleveland Heights, Ohio --------------
On the charge that no sources of information were given, I note that this was a commission. Commissions hear testimony and commission papers. On hearing testimony, one can only marvel at their energy level. Here is partial list of their schedule,
Appendix B: Schedule of the Commission's Public Events
In addition to these public events, the Commission members also attended a number of subcommittee meetings and worksessions over the course of 18 months.
Event: Full Commission Meeting Dates: October 9-10, 1981 Place: Washington, D.C.
Event: Full Commission Meeting Date: December 7, 1981 Place: Washington, D.C.
Event: Full Commission Meeting Date: February 25, 1982 Place: Washington, D.C.
Event: Hearing--Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Date: March 11, 1982 Place: Stanford University, Stanford, California Hosts: Donald Kennedy, President, Stanford University; and J. Myron Atkin, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Event: Hearing--Language and Literacy: Skills for Academic Learning Date: April 16, 1982 Place: Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas Hosts: Raymon Bynum, Texas State Commissioner of Education; ---------------------
On the charge of no data, or no citations, here is a partial list of their commissioned papers,
Appendix C: Commissioned Papers
Joseph Adelson, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor "Twenty-Five years of American Education: An Interpretation"
Catherine P. Ailes and Francis W. Rushing, SRI International, Arlington, Virginia "A Summary Report on the Educational Systems of the United States and the Soviet Union: Comparative Analysis"
Alexander W. Astin, University of California, Los Angeles "Excellence and Equity in American Education"
Alexander W. Astin, University of California, Los Angeles "The American Freshman, 1966-1981: Some Implications for Educational Policy and Practice"
Herman Blake, University of California, Santa Cruz "Demographic Change and Curriculum: New Students in Higher Education --------------------
Their full schedule of events requires two pages to list. Their full complement of commissioned papers requires three pages. And there is more, testifying to the large number of scholars and other interested parties, some with impeccable international reputations, contributing to the report.
Maybe it's just me, but "Nation At Risk" does not have the look and feel of a small cabal of malicious persons trying to defraud the public. On the other hand, one man throwing rhetorical turds and two pilers on...