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ERIC Number: ED306651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 41
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Educational Reform.
Winter, Janet
The need exists for educational reform. Student achievement scores are down, unemployment and dropout rates are up, social and welfare costs are up, economic productivity has declined, and shortages of qualified teachers are imminent. After Chapter 1 of this paper provides background and history for school reform, Chapter 2 reviews the literature, highlighting the national educational crisis and developments concerning test scores, curriculum reform, the return to basics movement, course and text book content, and the teacher-preparation-versus-curriculum controversy. Chapter 3 discusses educational reform objectives advanced by professional educators, such as a continuing need for the basics, economics, and vocational education. This chapter also rebuts three of Robert J. Samuelson's educational reform pronouncements concerning community college access, academic requirements for guaranteed student loans, and teacher certification. In closing, this chapter stresses education's purpose (to provide today's youth with survival skills needed for tomorrow) and calls privatization of education good in theory, but impossible in practice. A summary suggests that educational reform decisions should be based on a variety of criteria, not on one statistic or opinion. Proclamations based on isolated test results are especially suspect. Serious reformers must compare reports and analyze their validity. From this base, educators can judge the merits of proposed reforms and devise appropriate plans for improvement. (37 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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