ERIC Number: ED251381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Character: Transmitting Knowledge. Sustaining the Momentum for Reform in American Education. A Thanksgiving Day Statement by a Group of 27 Americans.
Thanksgiving Statement Group, Posen, IL.
A joint statement by 27 scholars, educators, and policymakers focuses on the question of character development in American education, as well as the general need to sustain the momentum of reform brought about by numerous national reports on education. Following an executive summary which presents a rationale for the statement, material is divided into nine sections. Each section addresses a particular issue: developing good character in the young, improving academic performance by all students, maintaining demands on the academically talented, strenghtening teachers and teaching, upgrading curriculum and textbooks, providing choice for parents and pupils, revitalizing education policymaking and research, re-evaluating undergraduate education, and receiving accurate information on schools and pupils. For each issue, an explanatory paragraph is followed by discussion and several concrete recommendations. Where relevant, charts and graphs provide statistical support for general statements. A concluding statement is accompanied by a chart allocating responsibility for action on the nine issues to parents, teachers, schools, districts, government agencies, the media, researchers, higher education, private interest groups, citizens, and the courts. Statements of partial dissent by some signers concludes the publication. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academically Gifted, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Personality Development, Position Papers, Student Needs, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Textbooks
The Thanksgiving Statement, c/o ARL, 2605 West 147th St., Posen, IL 60469 ($4.00 prepaid; $3.00 for 10 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; J.M. Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Thanksgiving Statement Group, Posen, IL.