ERIC Number: ED253489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Against Mediocrity. The Humanities in America's High Schools.
Finn, Chester E., Jr., Ed.; And Others
The place and function of the humanities in the secondary school curriculum education are discussed, and reforms to raise the quality of humanities instruction are suggested in this collection of essays. Literature, history, and languages must be taught in secondary schools in order to provide students with a quality education. The essays are grouped under the topics of the need for humanities, teaching the disciplines, case studies, teacher education, and professionalism and quality teaching. Titles and authors of essays are: "The Uses of Humanistic Schooling" (Harry S. Broudy); "Language, Reasoning, and the Humanities" (Leon Botstein); "English Teaching and Humane Culture" (Robert T. Fancher); "Foreign Languages and Humane Learning" (Carlos R. Hortas); "Improving High School History Teaching" (Clair W. Keller); "Teaching the Humanities: The Ideal within the Real" (Scott Colley); "The Diminished Past: Conditions and Ideals in the Scoial Studies" (Gilbert T. Sewall); "On a Background for Teachers" (Peter R. Pouncey); "The Intellectual Lives of Teachers" (Edwin J. Delattre); "Teacher Education and the Predicaments of Reform" (Gary Sykes); "Teachers and Professionalism" (Jon Moline); "The State's Responsibility for Teacher Quality" (John T. Casteen); "Epilogue: A School Administrator's View" (Peter R. Greer); "Conclusions and Recommendations: High Expectations and Disciplined Effort" (Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Diane Ravitch). A bibliography of materials for further reading is included. (RM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Humanities Instruction, Literature, School Effectiveness, Second Languages, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., IUB Building, 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 ($11.50, softcover--ISBN-0-8419-0945-8; $29.50, hardcover--ISBN-0-8419-0944-X).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN. Inst. for Public Policy Studies.
Note: A project of the Educational Excellence Network, undertaken with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.