ERIC Number: ED152609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Twenty Years after Sputnik: Imperatives in American Education Today.
Boyer, Ernest L.
This paper suggests three educational changes that need to be made in light of the changing relationship between the student and the institution. First, a closer relationship between colleges and elementary and secondary schools must be built. Since a majority of high school students go on to college, educators from the separate levels must focus on education of youth in general, rather than on the separateness of their institutions. Elementary, secondary, and higher education leaders need to examine the full range of education and build a better academic sequence. Secondly, education must become more flexible in terms of calender and location. With changing student age patterns, and with paperbacks, magazines, television, and travel now competing on an equal basis with the classroom and the book, education must modify schedules and locations to meet the changing needs of students. Finally, education must be more purposeful. While recognizing the uniqueness of each student, educators must search for a new common core of study that draws upon the traditional and emerging academic disciplines in order to focus on experiences common to all students. Educators must seek a closer relationship between curriculum and the nation's social goals. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Curriculum, College School Cooperation, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Relevance (Education), School Demography, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Change, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Television Viewing, Travel, World Problems
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (Washington, D.C., October 13, 1977)