ERIC Number: ED262504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
The Imperative for Educational Reform: Implications for Special Education. 1984 Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
The digest excerpts major points of the report of the Council for Exceptional Children's Ad Hoc Committee to Study and Respond to the 1983 Report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The committee also examined the reports of the Education Commission of the States, the Twentieth Century Fund, and the Carnegie Council. General concerns cited included the reports' lack of recognition of exceptional children and special education, and the need to evaluate excellence in terms of the learner's individuality. The dangers of using singular standards for assessing achievement in exceptional students are considered, and the committee asserts that a system of singular criteria for curricula and assessment to determine competence, graduation, or program evaluation is immoral as well as poor educational practice. The committee further suggests caution in interpreting the reports' calls for firm discipline. The importance of the individual professional educator's role in achieving excellence in education is stressed. The digest concludes with a list of ways in which the federal government should support greater excellence in exceptional child education. (CL)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Discipline, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Special Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (one free copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.