ERIC Number: ED355627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Essential Components of a Successful Education System: The Business Roundtable Education Public Policy Agenda.
Business Roundtable, New York, NY.
America's ability to compete, its democratic system, and the future of its children depend upon all children achieving educational success. The Business Roundtable (BRT), representing some 200 corporations, believes that systemic changes are needed to realize essential educational goals. The new educational system advocated by BRT is committed to four operating assumptions: (1) all students can achieve superior academic achievement; (2) knowledge currently exists to teach successfully; (3) high expectations must be reflected in the curriculum for all students, even while instructional time and strategies may vary; and (4) each child requires an advocate. Other necessary components of a new educational system include: (1) performance-based criteria; (2) assessment strategies as strong as the educational outcomes; (3) rewards for schools that succeed, penalties for schools that fail, and incentives for schools to improve; (4) the participation of school staff in making instructional decisions; (5) major emphasis on staff development; (6) high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, especially for disadvantaged students; (7) health and social services sufficient to reduce significant barriers to learning; and (8) technologies that enhance teacher and student productivity and access to learning. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Roundtable, New York, NY.
Note: For a related document, see EA 024 727.