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ERIC Number: ED261463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Beliefs That Make the Difference: Are the National Reports Really Talking to the Elementary Schools?
Cristiano, George
This presentation challenges the implicit assumption, in "A Nation at Risk" and other recent national reports on education, that elementary schools share the blame for the deterioration of educational quality. Examples are first provided of unsubstantiated generalizations presupposing that elementary schools share in the culpability attributed to secondary education. It is then argued, and evidence is cited in support of the contention, that elementary schools are in fact doing an effective job of teaching. It is stated that the real problem for elementary schools is the lack of adequate public relations to communicate their effectiveness to the community. The effectiveness of schools derives in large part from the school climate; therefore, a self-perpetuating model is outlined for building a school climate and selling it. The goals should be to inform the public that the elementary schools are effective, while simultaneously and thereby developing the morale and confidence of both the school staff and the community. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A