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ERIC Number: ED341048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Should the U.S. Have a National Reading/Language Arts Curriculum?
Sullivan, Jane
Since the United States has National Goals for Education, National Assessment of Educational Progress, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a "National Initiative" in reading and the language arts, a National Commission on Excellence in Education, why not have a National Curriculum? Two questions arise: (1) does the United States need a national curriculum? and (2) can it be pulled off? If educational trends and power brokers are to be believed, then the answer is, yes, a national curriculum is needed. However, it can only be pulled off if the impossible is to be believed. There would be positive and negative results. Positive results include uniformity of standards, less confusion among a mobile population, alignment among teacher education requirements, assessment, and curriculum goals. Negatives include too much top-down management, an overstuffed agenda, and a stifling of creativity and innovation. In the end, there is no clear "yes" or "no" answer. Reading educators must insure that any educational reform reflects what is best for students; that the reformers avoid a top-down approach that ignores input from classroom teachers, from curriculum and reading supervisors, from teacher educators; and that if there is to be a national curriculum, it must be one that works. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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