ERIC Number: ED357491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
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Designing Curriculum Appropriate to the 21st Century.
The most important issue in curriculum development is deciding what learning experiences will benefit students the most in the future. Such decisions should be guided by studying high school students after graduation to determine how they fare in higher education or work and then decide what curriculum changes are necessary. These changes must consider both how well students perform and what will prepare them for the future. But by most measures, U.S. students continue to perform poorly in comparison to students in other advanced nations. Although some question the validity of the comparisons, it is clear that many U.S. schools are failing to educate students. School reform must focus not only on the structure of the disciplines, but on societal and student needs that must be considered through curriculum development. Schools must provide a broader range of educational services to meet social and demographic changes. Curriculum restructuring should include a strong emphasis on the needs of failing students, attention to characteristics of successful adults, consideration of societal trends, and reexamination of how students are prepared for work. Also important are thinking skills, character development, civic responsibility, interpersonal skills, technology-related skills, and appreciation of diversity. (JPT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (Orlando, FL, February 1993).