ERIC Number: ED256438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-17
Reference Count: 0
Educational Reform and the Community Colleges.
Cross, K. Patricia
The educational reform movement of the 1980's has sought to deal with the current problems in the educational system of declining standards, unprepared students, and low levels of morale among teachers by seeking to impose higher and more rigorous standards to restore academic quality. The experience, however, of excellent business companies in the United States suggests that the road to excellence in education lies in shifting the focus of attention back to the individual and to ways of enhancing her/his creativity; emphasizing efforts to turn average students into "winners" rather than stressing the exceptional students and excluding the rest; and trusting the practitioners--teachers and principals--and encouraging their creativity. The solution to the current malaise in education lies in creating the conditions that make it possible for individuals to get the power to experiment, create, develop, test, and innovate; and in stimulating the ordinary people who inhabit our schools to unusual effort that will result in excellence. If the schools are to meet the foreseeable demands of a society that requires lifelong learning, the requirements will be threefold: (1) to demonstrate to all students that they are capable of learning and that learning is a useful and satisfying skill that will serve them well throughout their lives; (2) to provide the cognitive skills that serve as the basic tools for lifelong learning; and (3) to gradually put students in charge of their own learning so that they can make choices from among the multiple learning options that will face them as adults. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (65th, San Diego, CA, April 14-17, 1985).