ERIC Number: ED362975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Why Kids Don't "Want" To Be Well Educated: Rethinking School Reform.
Meier, Deborah W.
This conference paper examines some of the issues pertaining to students' disillusionment with education. It is argued that until students see themselves as parties to their own education, they will not become engaged in learning. In particular, students do not care about education because they fail to see the connection between the skills necessary for certification and the rewards that follow. In addition, some subcultural norms conflict with the definition of intellect as "academic." It is argued that threats, enforced by national standards and monitored through a system of examinations, will not motivate students to learn. Suggestions are made to apprentice young people to experts who demonstrate how to carry out intellectual activity; offer students an educational experience they consider worthwhile; honor teachers; and invest resources in education. Schools must have purposes that connect school competency and life competency, promote relationships, and provide resources for education. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).