ERIC Number: ED287959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
The Heart of Excellence: Equal Opportunities and Educational Reform. PEER Report Number 6.
The demographics of American schools are changing. While the actual number of school children has declined, the proportion of minority students, poor students, and students from one parent families has grown steadily. Education must be reformed to address these populations with equity. Strategies which have been adopted, such as more student testing and more teacher evaluation, are not solutions which will help low-achieving students. Concern for female students has waned since the passage of Title IX, but girls and young women are still victims of sex stereotyping, which negatively affects their academic achievement. Recommendations for equity reforms are the following; (1) pass state laws which protect the rights of minorities and guarantee equal opportunities in education; (2) bring community social service agencies, health centers, and recreational programs into the schools; (3) provide on-site day care for parenting students; (4) develop a school-to-work transition for low income-students; (5) create flexible learning opportunities such as part-time and night schools; (6) provide in-service and pre-service training to teachers in methods to overcome racism and sexism; (7) free all tests of bias; (8) improve the quality of instruction before raising requirements; (9) provide preschool enrichment programs; (10) encourage parental involvement; (11) improve school climate; (12) implement affirmative action; (13) provide technical assistance; and (14) make all school programs truly accessible. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Washington, DC. Project on Equal Education Rights.