ERIC Number: ED245594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
American Education: Then and Now.
Graham, Patricia Albjerg
Recent reports on the state of American education are reviewed, along with the historical context of these reports. Common threads that run through the reports include: schools lack consensus regarding educational goals and priorities; the academic curriculum of the high school must be strengthened; ways must be devised to improve the performance of teachers; there is a need for cooperation with other institutions; and both equity and excellence are important goals. It is suggested that these issues are important at the postsecondary level as well. Similarities and differences between the present concern with education and that of the post-Sputnik period are discussed. In both the 1950's and 1980's, perceived international competition triggered the public interest in education. Preeminent among the differences is the current emphasis upon improving the education of all the children, not just the college bound or technically talented. Other major differences between the past and the present are as follows: we now know a great deal more about educational practice, and the current criticism of American education comes at a time of concern about may of the basic societal structures. Reasons that educators have lost unified leadership during the 1970s and 1980s are also identified. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 14-16, 1984).