ERIC Number: ED379784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Future of Education: Perspectives on National Standards in America.
Cobb, Nina, Ed.
Most current writing about American public education describes it in terms of a crisis situation. However, schools often serve as scapegoats for the failure of other institutions and for social ills that they had no part in creating. This book presents a collection of essays and commentaries on recent proposals for educational reform and actions taken by government to establish national standards. Part 1 contains the introductory chapter by Robert Orrill, entitled "Titanic Structure or Human Scale: School Reform at the Close of the Twentieth Century." Part 2 contains a single chapter that provides a historical overview of curriculum and national standards in the United States. In "Curriculum Ferment in the 1890s," Herbert M. Kliebard shows that the American school-reform experience has been characterized by continuing struggle, rather than consensus. Part 3, which offers perspectives on national standards, includes the following chapters: (3) "Implications of Subject-Matter Standards" (Christopher T. Cross); (4) "The Politics of National Standards" (Tom Loveless); (5) "The Threat to Freedom in Goals 2000" (Stephen Arons); (6) "Developing World-Class Education Standards: Some Conceptual and Political Dilemmas" (J. Myron Atkin); and (7) "Curriculum and Assessment Standards: Common Measures or Conversations?" (Dennie Palmer Wolf). The fourth part, which examines issues around standards and educational policy, contains the following chapters: (8) "Policy and Practice: The Relations Between Governance and Instruction" (David K. Cohen and James P. Spillane); and (9) "Goals 2000 and a Reauthorized ESEA: National Standards and Accompanying Controversies" (Michael W. Kirst and James W. Guthrie). Part 5 is comprised of: (10) "Teachers' Professional Development: Critical Colleagueship and the Role of Professional Communities" (Brian Lord); and (11) "Teachers Regulating Themselves: Teachers Owning Their Standards" (Philip A. Cusik). Part 6 includes: (12) "National Curriculum Content Standards: The Challenges for Subject Matter Associations" (Diane Massell); and (13) "Problems and Issues Facing the National Standards Project in English" (Miles Myers). An index and chapter references are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, National Curriculum, National Standards, Professional Development, School Restructuring
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886 ($16.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY. National Center for Cross-Disciplinary Teaching and Learning.