ERIC Number: ED149344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What Should We Be Teaching in English?
Farrell, Edmund J.
Designed to provide a context for English teachers' deliberations on what they should be teaching, this paper provides excerpts from 21 news items pertaining to significant educational and social events and trends. The news items deal with a wide range of topics, including the back-to-the-basics movement; the trend toward state-mandated programs of minimal-competency testing; recent findings about functional illiteracy among young adults; indications of a waning national commitment to the education of minorities; continuing discrimination suffered by blacks and other minority groups; issues related to career education; recent increases in the number of children whose families fall below the poverty line; and facts that point up the need to teach students about the urgent problems facing the world today. (GW)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Education, Current Events, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Functional Literacy, Higher Education, Minimum Competency Testing, Poverty, Racial Discrimination, Social Influences, Social Problems, Testing Programs, World Problems
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (67th, New York City, November 24-26, 1977)