ERIC Number: ED253937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The State Education Agency and Curriculum Improvement: Paths toward Excellence. Notes for the Chiefs. Discussion Draft.
Hansen, Kenneth H.
This paper discusses the role of state education agencies in curriculum reform, in light of contrasting perspectives on the future of society. Current reform proposals call for more required courses and better performance by students, but such moves need to be made with a clear sense of direction. Accordingly, the problem becomes twofold: first, should the educational system set its sights on preparing students for society as presently constituted, or for the society as envisioned by the futurists? Second, should educational policymakers go along with perceived changes in the socioeconomic structure, or resist those changes deemed undesirable? A case in point is the trend toward decentralization envisioned by futurists, as set against the call by educational reformers for more stringent state standards. This paper does not seek to answer such questions; it merely raises them as issues that need further examination at the state policymaking level. Accordingly, Appendix A lists the futurists' projections and corresponding educational reform proposals, and Appendix B provides contrasting visions of a high school as seen by futurists and by educational reformers respectively. (TE)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), State Agencies, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship, State Standards, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chief State School Officers of the Northwest and Pacific.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Northwest Center for State Educational Policy Studies.