ERIC Number: ED251337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Humanities at Risk: The Quiet Crisis.
Quinn, Sandra L.; Kanter, Sanford
Reasons for the glaring gaps in recommendations for humanities and social science emphasis in the National Commission on Excellence in Education report, "A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform," are examined; and remedies are proposed. It is important to recognize that only 4 of the Commission members represented the social sciences and humanities; of the other 14 members, 7 have degrees in business or education, and 7 have degrees in science and mathematics. Further, in regard to the responsibilities with which they were charged, the Commission changed the mandate given them by Secretary of Education Bell and sought information that reflected the dominant expertise on the Commission. Because business, science, and technological interests dominated both the process and product of the Commission, both social scientists and humanists must question the validity and breadth of the resulting report. At the top of the list of five proposed remedies is the recommendation that a second presidential commission carrying a similar weight as the first and comprised of a balanced representation of the disciplines be impaneled. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nation at Risk (A); National Commission on Excellence in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Meeting (Fort Worth, TX, March 23, 1984) and the Community College Humanities Association Conference (Dallas, TX, October 25-26, 1984).