SAT scores reach a low.
By "prepare for change" I mean to just start thinking of the US as a declining country. When I was growing up, we were #1 in pretty much everything, including defense, technology, education, health care, you name it. My first inkling that something was wrong was Ronald Reagan. He promised to cut taxes AND increase defense spending. That could only be done with deficit spending, which he proceeded to do at an astonishing pace.
Next was a friend from Finland who told me in 1983 or so that Europe no longer looks up to the United States. That really surprised me.
The final straw was the current Bush administration. First he was just a lazy president, which is survivable. Then after 9/11 he became a crazy activist president, reacting in exactly the wrong way over the Twin Towers attacks. Bin Laden was a cult leader of a small band. Bush reacted as if the USSR had just dropped a nuke on us, and attacked 2 countries.
Bush and the republican congress went on a huge deficit spending spree again, on top of the war costs (about $500 billion so far). So now our military is worn down, our economy is weak, our infrastructure is crumbling, and our SAT scores are going down. My how times have changed. Prepare for them.