ERIC Number: ED359623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Historical Perspectives on the Current Education Reforms.
Ravitch, Diane, Ed.; Vinovskis, Maris, Ed.
This document contains 14 individual papers by prominent scholars who provide a historical perspective on current educational reforms. The three essays in part 1 examine some of the major changes in educational development and reform. These include: (1) "Antiquarianism and American Education: Assimilation, Adjustment, Access" (Patricia Graham); (2) "Recent History of U.S. Governance" (Michael Kirst); and (3) "Historical Perspectives on School-based Social Services in the United States" (Michael Sedlak). The three essays in the second part examine the controversies surrounding questions of equity and multiculturalism in American education. These include: (4) "The Educational Equities in Historical Perspective" (David Kirp); (5) "The Construction of Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in the Public Schools" (Reed Ueda); and (6) "Multiculturalism and History: Historical Perspectives and Present Prospects" (Gary Nash). Some of the current major reform efforts are addressed in three essays in part 3. These include: (7) "Standards in American Educational History" (Diane Ravitch); (8) "Reinventing Schooling: Utopian Impulses and Historical Scoreboard" (David Tyack); and (9) "A History of the Choice Debate in American Education" (Paul Peterson). The five essays in part 4 examine the six national education goals from a historical perspective. These are: (10) "School Readiness and Early Childhood Education: Some Historical Perspectives" (Maris Vinovskis); (11) "Dead End or Detour? School Leaving in Historical Perspective" (Joseph Kett); (12) "Rhetoric and Reform: The American High School Curriculum 1945-1990" (David Angus and Jeffrey Mirel); (13) "Literate America: High-Level Adult Literacy as a National Goal" (Carl Kaestle); and (14) "From 'Reefer Madness' to 'A Clockwork Orange'?" (William Reese). References accompany each article. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: To be published in revised form by Johns Hopkins University Press in the Fall of 1994.