ERIC Number: ED251274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Report of a Seminar on "A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform" Released by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. (Juneau, Alaska, July 15, 1983).
Demmert, William G., Jr., Ed.
The seminar brought together a group of professionals or professionally related educators to discuss the National Commission on Excellence in Education report, "A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Reform," and its meaning to Alaska, a land of many contrasts not only in climate and vegetation but also in people and attitudes. The participants divided into five discussion groups to review the recommendations in "A Nation at Risk," to analyze the report's implications and to present a set of recommendations relevant to Alaska. Forty-two recommendations resulted; the groups and the first recommendation made by each, are as follows: the content group urged local school districts to use "Nation at Risk" as an impetus for examining their own programs based on Alaska's needs; the standards and expectations group advised educators to use the classroom, community, and home to raise student academic performance; the time group perceived the need to improve time management in the current school day, rather than lengthening the school day or year; the teaching group recognized the importance of liberal arts training for prospective teachers and urged teacher training centers to develop programs to accommodate need; and the leadership and fiscal support group advocated establishment of early childhood education programs, with set standards and certification requirements, and with state funding. All recommendations, as well as the presentations, a list of participants, and the editor's concluding statement are included. (BRR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Alaska Natives, Community Education, Course Content, Educational Attitudes, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Higher Education, Incentives, Leadership, Liberal Arts, Rural Areas, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching (Occupation), Time Management
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Juneau.
Identifiers: Alaska; Nation at Risk (A)