ERIC Number: ED243580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Speech to the National Forum on Excellence in Education (Indianapolis, IN, December 6-8, 1983).
Both the Carnegie Report and the Paideia Report argue that all students should study the same curriculum and that significant qualitative change in educational programs is needed. Ernest Boyer's book, "High School," provides evidence of the diversity of the public schools, challenges stereotypes, and suggests that many needed changes can be implemented immediately with little cost. The Carnegie Report outlines several goals that will give purpose to schools and ensure that students leave high school with the tools needed to be effective citizens. The Carnegie Report argues that the high school should help all students develop the capacity to think critically and to communicate effectively through a mastery of language. Assisted, preferably, by teachers using Mortimer Adler's coaching method, students should be given time to work and rework drafts to comprehend the process of crafting a paper. The Boyer report also is concerned that students understand relationships between themselves, their country, and the world. To achieve the stated aims, teachers' work environments must be improved, expectations concerning teacher performance must be kept high, and teachers' accomplishments must be recognized. Realizing goals such as these entails sustaining the public's and the schools' interest in educational improvement. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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