ERIC Number: ED194491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Intermediate Schooling: Decisions for the 1980's.
Lipsitz, Joan Sheff
Schooling for young adolescents (middle grade education) is the weakest link in the chain of public education. Young adolescents pose a unique problem for educators. The central characteristic of this age group is its diversity, resulting from extreme variations in the rates of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Strong administrative leadership and teachers specifically trained to teach adolescents do not exist at the middle school level as they do at the elementary and high school levels. Special attention needs to be given to curricula and counseling for adolescents. Schools should encourage diversity, insist upon excellence, guarantee basic skills without reducing curricula to reading and writing, and meet the needs of adolescents without pitting them against other age groups. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared for Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education "Needs of Elementary and Secondary Education in the 1980's: A Compendium of Policy Papers." For entire document (microfiche only), see ED 185 660. For individual documents (microfiche and paper copy), see SP 016 934.