ERIC Number: ED256838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Excellence: An Urban Response to the Recommendations for School Reform.
Ascher, Carol; Flaxman, Erwin
ERIC/CUE Trends and Issues, Series 2 Apr 1985
Although the general thrust of recent education reports and studies--to strengthen the academic quality of secondary education--has been salutary, efforts fall short of giving clear direction for school improvement in a number of areas particularly important to urban school superintendents. The reports fail to recognize the unique context of urban education and, in general, tend to remove education from its social context. Surprisingly, in a country where over a quarter of all students are from ethnic minorities, the current reports are nearly silent on the special needs of these students. The recommendations for reform need to address school issues with a clearer understanding of their urban context in at least the nine following areas: educational goals; academic achievement and diversity; student tracking and promotion; resources and planning; support services; curriculum and instruction; language instruction; vocational education; and technology. (The remainder of the paper addresses those issues and offers suggestions for improvement in each area.) (KH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Resource Allocation, Second Language Instruction, Services, Student Rights, Track System (Education), Urban Education, Urban Problems, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.