ERIC Number: ED261980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skills and Values for All Students More Important Than Computers or Arts, Delaware Valley SchoolVote Ballots Say.
A survey sought public opinion on the functions and responsibilities of the schools from the residents of Philadelphia, suburban Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. The questionnaire provided an opportunity for expression on: (1) what should be the educational priorities of the schools; (2) educational changes for which individuals would be willing to pay higher taxes; and (3) ideas to improve education by changing school policy. Individuals with no children in the public schools were included in the survey. Priority ratings for all questions are presented on tables. An overview of the results indicated that teaching basic skills and values to all students, regardless of their handicaps, should be a higher priority for Delaware Valley schools than teaching computers or the arts. High priority was also assigned to teaching job skills to students not going on to college, and to providing programs for exceptionally bright students. Other high priority items were stricter promotion standards and more stringent discipline. Two-thirds of the respondents indicated they would pay higher taxes to reduce class size in the early grades. A copy of the questionnaire and a brief summary of results are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.