ERIC Number: ED252696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Excellence in Industrial Arts--A Fundamental Perspective for All of Education.
The topic of excellence in industrial arts provokes the question: "Excellence in relation to what?" What is the central mission around which one might attempt to describe or even achieve the position of "excellence"? The importance of establishing a clear understanding of excellence in education is dependent upon the definition of excellence and the establishment of benchmarks or goals for education that befit U.S. democracy. The goals of education in the United States are embodied in a profound commitment to the fullest development of each person. The issue, therefore, is not "excellence in industrial arts." It is excellence in all education, excellence in developing the talents and abilities of each person to the fullest. However, "excellence" cannot exist without equity. They are inseparable in a democracy, mandating that the offerings of education reach out to the poorest student as well as to the most capable, to the handicapped as well as to the physically fit, to minority groups as well as to those in the mainstream. The industrial arts establishment could profit from recent research on excellence in business. A program drawn from this research would include these elements, among others: (1) establishing broad goals in keeping with basic tenets underlying democracy, (2) promoting a sense of concern for every learner, (3) developing teacher qualities and behaviors, and (4) developing programs that are aimed at the achievement of excellence in relation to maximum development of the individual. The strength of this nation demands such excellence. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Excellence in Education; United States
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (New Orleans, LA, November 30-December 4, 1984).