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ERIC Number: ED143133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-30
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Remarks to the Staff.
Payzant, Thomas W.
The superintendent of Eugene, Oregon, public schools addressed the staff at the beginning of the 1977-78 academic year concerning issues of education in the United States and implications pertinent to local education. National issues discussed include the decline of confidence in education contrasted with evidence that the situation is getting better, and the tension between liberty and equality and the conviction that it is possible to achieve equality of educational opportunity without demanding a concomitant equality of results. Other views of national issues expressed are that changes in the family, youth, and community cannot be ignored by schools. In addition, the back-to-basics movement is commended for refocusing attention on the need to improve teaching and learning; however, it is also called a simplistic embrace of an uncomplicated curriculum. The importance of the scale of education is cited in efforts to maintain school-based management and the participation of school staffs and patrons in educational decisions. How these national concerns are relevant in local education is outlined in matters of curriculum, treatment of students, politics and governance, and special education. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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