ERIC Number: ED248935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Challenge: Implications of "Educating Americans for the 21st Century" for Two-Year Colleges.
Sharp, Karen Tobey
The recommendations of "Educating Americans for the 21st Century," a plan of action developed by the National Science Board Commission on Pre-College Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, are discussed in this paper with special reference to their implications for two-year colleges. After outlining the main thesis of the report (i.e., the nation is failing to provide its children with the intellectual tools needed for the 21st century), the paper reviews the Commission's proposals for changing what is learned and how it is taught, through: (1) building a strong national commitment to quality education for all students; (2) providing earlier and increased exposure to math, science, and technical subjects; (3) providing a system to measure student participation and achievement; (4) retraining, attaining, and keeping quality teachers; (5) improving the quality and usefulness of the curriculum; (6) establishing exemplary programs in every community to serve as standards of excellence; (7) utilizing all available resources; and (8) establishing and meeting costs. After examining the detailed recommendations proposed by the Commission for meeting these objectives, the paper suggests the kinds of improvement and problems that may result for U.S. colleges if the elementary and secondary schools attain the goals set out in the Commission report; e.g., entering college freshmen will have greater math ability, yet the national shortage of math teachers will be exacerbated. (HB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educating Americans for the 21st Century
Note: For "Educating Americans for the 21st Century," see ED 233 913.