ERIC Number: ED346970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Cornerstones for a New Century: Teacher Preparation, Early Childhood Education, A National Education Index. NEA School Restructuring Series.
Boyer, Ernest L.
Three essays put forth recommendations for improving various aspects of American education. The first essay, "Teacher Preparation," focuses on the impact of several social, global, and technological trends on American schools and teacher education. In light of these trends, it is concluded that teachers must understand the ways in which America is changing and be prepared to help the growing numbers of disadvantaged children. They must also have a global perspective and see that the world is a global village that is politically transformed, economically connected, and ecologically imperiled. Teachers must help students cooperate rather than compete and find ways to use technology to help the learning process. Finally, in light of the stressful home lives of many children, they must understand how deeply these children are in need, and be caring as well as competent. The second essay, "Early Childhood Education," proposes six national objectives for early education: (1) good nutrition for every child; (2) universal preschool education for every disadvantaged child; (3) the establishment of nongraded Basic Schools that combine grades K-4; (4) classes of no more than 15 students; (5) evaluation to ensure that students have basic language and computation skills before leaving 4th grade; and (6) intergenerational connections. The final essay, "A National Education Index," recommends the creation of a set of nationwide standards that would serve as a framework for state accountability. The proposed index would include standards for student achievement, the conditions of teaching, school climate, school finance, accountability and intervention, and school partnerships with parents and the business community. (AC)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Early Childhood Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Futures (of Society), Parent Participation, School Support, Social Change, State Standards, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship, Young Children
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.