ERIC Number: ED221922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reforming Education in America: A Critical National Need.
Moore, John A.
Our educational establishment is so obviously failing the nation that the time for drastic remedial action is now. The nation needs first-rate scientists and engineers. It also requires a population that has a solid understanding of science grounded in a good general education. Our current ability to achieve these goals will not be used until national direction is provided by an agency other than federal or state government. The inadequacy of today's education results from schools' failure to demand quality from students (schools are often used to achieve society's social goals at the expense of education); from the teaching profession's inability to reward or attract capable newcomers; and from the universities' failure to train teachers to determine course content and instructional methods appropriate to the developmental levels of the students they teach. Solutions to some of these problems can be achieved through the formation of a national group to give direction to education and establish standards for textbooks, course content, teacher quality, and student performance. Further solutions involve raising standards for admission to institutions of higher education, reforming the undergraduate curriculum drastically, increasing cooperation between schools of education and other departments in their host universities, and enforcing higher standards for teachers and schools. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, National Organizations, Public Policy, Relevance (Education), School Effectiveness, Student Needs, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Circulated by the Commission on Human Resources of the National Research Council, Washington, DC.