ERIC Number: ED186449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Back to the Basics?
Snider, Robert C.
Issues related to basic skills education are discussed, beginning with a review of recent trends in American education. The 1960's are characterized as a decade of innovation, while the 1970's are described in terms of interest in accountability and cost effectiveness. Several reasons for current concerns about basic skills are suggested: parents' expectations; industry's interest in the school's role in job training; a general emphasis on measurable quantities; and public reluctance to pay higher taxes. Classroom teachers are said to face a growing array of obstacles which seriously thwart their professional mission; many new policies contribute to the erosion of the individual teacher's autonomy. A variety of quoted sources indicates that there is little agreement on which skills are considered basic; definitions range from the three R's--reading, writing, and arithmetic--to ethics, coping skills, and self concept. Several news items illustrate the fact that literacy data may be misleading. (GDC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Affective Objectives, Basic Skills, Cognitive Objectives, Curriculum Problems, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Functional Literacy, Opinions, Public Opinion
Publications, National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.