ERIC Number: ED163654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
GALLUPing to the POLLS or Hitching Your Bandwagon to a Slogan.
Achilles, C. M.
Today's educators sometimes make unthinking hasty decisions based on a "Gallup Poll" mentality that holds that whatever the majority of the people want should be implemented. Educators, bowing to public pressure, are sometimes too quick to jump on any bandwagon. One such bandwagon is the current back to basics movement. Insofar as back to basics means turning one's back on everything learned about education in the past, it is a sign that people are not thinking clearly. The basics movement, in emphasizing merely how to read, write, and calculate, fails to emphasize the high importance of what a person reads, writes, and calculates about. Of course, the bandwagon effect is not always bad. For instance, the accountability movement has produced many positive as well as negative effects. Educators, however, must learn to critically question new movements. They must ask not only how to implement new ideas but why they must be implemented. Gallup polls and bandwagons can provide indicators of the proper direction to move, but these indicators must be used wisely. Polls and bandwagons are no substitute for wisdom. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Back To Basics Movement; Basic Education
Note: Paper prepared for Secondary School Principals, ETEA