ERIC Number: ED241632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-30
Reference Count: 0
Changing Times Mean Rebuilding toward Excellence.
Prophet, Matthew W.
At a time of far-reaching change in our society, numerous national reports have criticized the American public education system as inadequate to meet the challenge and have called for reforms aimed at achieving excellence. Contrary to the general view, however, there is evidence that public education is already in the midst of a "rising tide of excellence." Many weaknesses still exist, but excellence has once again become part of the agenda in hundreds of school districts around the nation. This is clear when we look, for example, at higher standards being imposed on students around the country, widespread efforts to increase daily attendance, and tougher teacher certification laws. Although it will be difficult, due to the increasing politicization of public education, the Federal government's attempt to decrease its role in education, and the lack of adequate funding, it is up to responsible school leaders to keep the momentum going. Criticism and advice must be dealt with constructively, and concentration should be placed on meeting local goals that school boards, staff, and the community have jointly determined as essential to the improvement of local schools. (CMG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address before the Annual Legislative Meeting, National School Boards Association Council for Urban Boards of Education (16th, Washington, D.C., October 30, 1983).