ERIC Number: ED233913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Americans for the 21st Century: A Plan of Action for Improving Mathematics, Science and Technology Education for All American Elementary and Secondary Students So That Their Achievement Is the Best in the World by 1995. A Report to the American People and the National Science Board.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Presented is a detailed plan of action directed toward the Nation's achieving world educational leadership (as measured by student achievement, participation levels, and other non-subjective criteria) in mathematics, science, and technology in elementary/secondary schools by the year 1995. Sweeping and drastic changes are proposed in the breadth of student participation, methods and quality of teaching, student preparation/motivation, course content, and achievement standards. These changes will be accomplished by: building a strong and lasting national commitment to quality mathematics, science, and technology education for all students; providing earlier/increased exposure to these fields; providing a system for measuring student achievement/participation; retraining current teachers, retaining excellent teachers, and attracting new teachers of the highest quality and commitment; improving the quality/usefulness of courses taught; establishing exemplary programs; utilizing available resources, including new information technologies and informal education; and establishing a procedure to determine costs of required improvements and how to pay for them. Each of these areas is discussed in this report. In addition, the following information is provided in appendices (exhibits): brief descriptions of program/activities reviewed during the preparation of the report, suggested course topics and criteria for their selection, costs of recommended federal initiatives, imaginative ways to enhance teacher compensation, and computer uses in schools. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Graduation Requirements, Informal Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Science Education, Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.