ERIC Number: ED312322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century. The Report of the Task Force on Education of Young Adolescents.
Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
This report examines the condition of America's young adolescents and how well middle grade schools, health institutions, and community organizations serve them. In its plan for action, the Task Force on Education of Young Adolescents of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development makes recommendations for new structures for middle grade education. A 15-year-old who has been well served in the middle years of schooling will be the following: (1) an intellectually reflective person; (2) a person en route to a lifetime of meaningful work; (3) a good citizen; (4) a caring and ethical individual; and (5) a healthy person. The report reviews the following recommendations for transforming middle grade schools: (1) create small communities for learning; (2) teach a core academic program; (3) ensure academic success for all students by shaping the educational program to fit the needs of students; (4) empower teachers and administrators to make decisions about the experiences of middle grade students; (5) staff middle grade schools with teachers who are expert at teaching young adolescents; (6) improve academic performance through fostering health and fitness; (7) reengage families in the education of young adolescents; and (8) connect schools with communities. Eight figures provide various statistical data on adolescents. The following appendices are included: (1) a list of commissioned papers; (2) a list of working papers; (3) a list of consultants and their affiliations; (4) a list of their workshops and attendees; and (5) biographical sketches of task force members. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Core Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Empowerment, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Futures (of Society), Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Physical Fitness, Preadolescents, School Community Relationship, School Organization, Teacher Education
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, P.O. Box 753, Waldorf, MD 20604 ($9.95 per copy; $8.95, 11-25 copies; $6.95, 26-99 copies; $5.00, 100-499 copies; $4.00, 500 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.