ERIC Number: ED324742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Mission of the Schools: The Record of a National Conference (Fairfax, Virginia, August 4-5, 1987).
Spillane, Robert R.
The United States is in the midst of a school reform movement of unprecedented dimensions, and many educators have felt a need to focus not just on the process but on the purpose of the educational enterprise--the purpose which the reforms are intended to accomplish. A conference, attended by more than 1,100 educators and other interested people, discussed the mission of the schools and made recommendations on how best to realize that mission. Following the keynote address by Robert R. Spillane defining the issues and purposes of the conference, the following papers were presented: (1) "Literacy and the Nation" (E. D. Hirsch, Jr.); (2) "Reaction to E. D. Hirsch" (William R. Raspberry); (3) "Reaction to E.D. Hirsch" (Solomon Lausch); (4) "Ensuring That Schools Achieve Their Mission: A National Perspective" (Paul Simon); (5) "Ensuring That Schools Achieve Their Mission: A State Perspective" (John Murphy); (6) "Supporting the Mission of the Schools in the Schools of the Future" (Marvin Cetron); (7) "How To Achieve the Academic Mission of the Schools for All Students" (Ruth Love); (8) "Teaching To Increase the Academic Emphasis for All Students" (John L. Hynes); (9) "Teaching To Increase the Academic Emphasis for All Students" (Karen Simpson); (10) "Academic Disciplines as the Basis for the School Curriculum" (Graham Down); and (11) "What We Have Accomplished and Where We Go from Here" (Floretta McKenzie). Two reports of group discussions are also included, one following the presentation by, and responses to E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and one just preceding Floretta McKenzie's wrap-up address. (AA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Institutional Mission, Instructional Improvement, Literacy, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fairfax County Schools, VA.; District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.; Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. School of Education.