ERIC Number: ED080200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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COMPAS: A National Design for the Elementary School.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Guidelines for effective public elementary education are proposed by the American Federation of Teachers. The first recommendation concerns the expansion of early childhood education, including pre-kindergarten. Early childhood education should be characterized by small class groups, parent education and involvement, availability of a clinical team of professionals, carefully trained teachers and paraprofessionals, and separate housing facilities. The desirability of school integration is emphasized, with heterogeneous class groups based on sex, class, race, ethnicity, achievements, and adjustment suggested, Special school services to meet the dental, nutritional, medical, social, and emotional needs of children are encouraged. The importance of adequate funding for educational tools and supplies, and for the hiring of auxiliary assistants to release teachers from non-professional duties is discussed. Expanded cooperation between public school and local universities in staff training is proposed. Also noted are the importance of democratic staff involvement in decision-making policy, and the need for research by teachers and outside evaluative agencies. Finally, the cost of implementation of these guidelines is estimated at $450-600 per child, per year. It is argued that improved education will reduce the need for expensive corrective programs. (DP)
Descriptors: Class Size, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Education, Racial Integration, School Size, Services, Teachers
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, 1012 14th ST., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 (Elemen. C591-1, Single copy $0.50; 25 copies, $0.25 each)
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Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.