ERIC Number: ED231965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
National Consumers Week, Kick-off Speech.
Bell, T. H.
A strong connection exists between the vitality of America's economy and the consumer education components of vocational education, basic adult education, and the private sector. While great progress has been made in implementing consumer programs at the junior and senior high levels, the Adult Performance Level study indicates that consumer economics and education are among the knowledge areas that pose the greatest difficulty for large numbers of adults. Because parents have the primary responsibility and authority for the education of their children, and because parents and the private sector are the rightful and most important consumers of education, educators must develop an effective program to increase parent and private sector involvement in our nation's schools. Particularly needed are training programs to help parents fill different roles in involvement activities, training for teachers in how to involve parents more effectively in the classroom and in the home, and training for principals on how to approach parents and the community to improve their understanding of the important issues of the day and to solicit their support. Programs in cities such as San Francisco, Houston, and Washington, D.C. attest to the fact that such efforts can and will help foster partnerships among schools, parents, and the private sector. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Strategies, Consumer Education, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Position Papers, School Community Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Urban Areas, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Identifiers: Private Sector
Note: Presented by the U.S. Secretary of Education at the Department of State (Washington, DC, April 25, 1983).