ERIC Number: ED186890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The English Curriculum and T.E.C.
Simmons, John S.
This paper describes the current state of the secondary school English curriculum throughout the United States as amorphous, reactive, and without vital direction and offers suggestions for curricular improvement. The first half of the paper reviews the historical development of the English curriculum from World War II, touching on the emergence of the junior high concept and the effects of the Basic Issues Conference of 1958, the Dartmouth seminar of 1966, the behavioral objectives movement, Right to Read legislation, the growth of electives programs, and the back to basics movement. Suggestions for returning to "curricular sanity and respectability" in English center on inservice education efforts for teachers such as the Florida Teacher Education Centers (TECs), with English educators and secondary school English teachers involved in cooperative research on English curricula. Specific examples are offered to illustrate the kinds of inservice activities suggested. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference and the Conference on English Education (Omaha, NE, March 27-29, 1980).