ERIC Number: ED289410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Letter: 37 Presidents Write.
AAHE Bulletin, p10-14 Nov 1987
Perspectives on how to improve U.S. education are provided in an open letter signed by 37 college presidents and chancellors who attended a September 1987 Spring Hill conference. The conference focused largely on the issue outlined in "A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century," a report sponsored by the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy. Priorities that are identified include: emphasizing to the public the importance of quality schools, promoting university and school collaboration, taking initiatives to enhance the attractiveness of teaching as a career and to improve teacher preparation, and making a new commitment to recruit more minorities into teaching. Specific suggestions include: evaluating the resources for departments and schools of education, ensuring that future teachers have a stronger base of knowledge in the academic subjects they will teach and of pedagogy that is specific to these subjects, working with two-year institutions to recruit minority students into four-year institutions and into teaching programs, and reaching out to minority youth in their early high school years to promote their college attendance and exposure to the attractions of teaching. The 37 signers and their institutions are listed. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Presidents, College School Cooperation, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Position Papers, Schools of Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation)
American Association of Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.