ERIC Number: ED196022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sustaining the Essentials.
There are social forces exerting a tremendous influence that would, unchecked, remove humanistic elements from the teaching and learning of language by imposing a narrow set of basics--those skills that can be measured and which threaten to become the whole, very minimum, curriculum. The "Essentials of Education," a statement developed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in reply to the basics advocates, encourages sustaining the essentials in language arts. This policy would work to sustain and rediscover America's rich cultural pluralism, by respecting the dialects and languages students bring to school while still sustaining standard English. Students' right to read is another essential that must be sustained, by defending their right to make informed and mature choices for themselves. Research is essential because without it the teaching profession has neither the knowledge to effect significant change in the teaching of language arts nor the facts to respond to its critics. NCTE's affirmative action thrust is essential, because it asserts humanism. Its many assemblies and commissions, as well as the programs and initiatives of earlier presidents, are essential because they are directly related to the improvement of the teaching of English. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Back to Basics; National Council of Teachers of English
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (70th, Cincinnati, OH, November 21-26, 1980).