ERIC Number: ED336444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Unfinished Agenda: A New Vision for Child Development and Education. A Statement by the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development.
Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY. Research and Policy Committee.
Schools and business must unite to make all the changes needed to ensure the success of all children. Social change, particularly the increase in single-parent families, has resulted in more children being born at risk of school failure. Most early childhood education reform initiatives have been piecemeal and have lacked a true understanding of at-risk children's complex needs. The following imperatives for educational improvement are discussed: (1) the nation needs a comprehensive, coordinated human investment strategy for child development and education; (2) programs should strengthen the entire family; (3) teen parents who have not finished high school should have access to a specialized school that meets their needs; (4) early childhood education should be available to all children; (5) programs must be flexible in design, administration, and funding; (6) successful programs must be broadly replicated; (7) the mission of the public schools must be redefined to account for social changes, including development of clearer goals and more effective methods of measurement to permit accountability; (8) students must take greater responsibility for their own success; (9) business should encourage volunteerism; and (10) business should play a leadership role in identifying strategies and determining what resources are needed. Twenty-four successful programs are highlighted. Statistical data are presented in two tables and one graph. A list of 35 references, 8 dissenting comments, and a list of the objectives of the Committee for Economic Development are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, Volunteers, Young Children
Committee for Economic Development, 1700 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006 ($12.50, paperback; ISBN-0-87186-793-1: $15.00, hardcover).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY. Research and Policy Committee.