ERIC Number: ED389096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-28
Education: The Gateway to America's Future.
Riley, Richard W.
This paper presents the contents of an address given by Richard W. Riley, United States Secretary of Education, on February 28, 1996, in St. Louis, Missouri, on the state of American education. Policymakers are divided on the future of public education; some want to cut or abolish it, others seek to rebuild and expand it. The paper describes current challenges to public education and outlines seven goals for improving it: (1) increase the national literacy rate; (2) support families so that they can help their children learn; (3) create safe, orderly, and disciplined schools; (4) set and achieve high standards; (5) promote educational innovation, including the use of technology and optional school choice; (6) prepare students for success in the work force; (7) sustain access to and find new ways to finance higher education; and (8) work together to find common ground to improve education. (LMI)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Admission, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Excellence in Education, Family School Relationship, Public Education, Role of Education, School Choice, School Security, Standards
Internet address: http://www.ed.gov/Speeches/02-1996/speech.html
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.
Note: Annual Address of the U.S. Secretary of Education on the State of American Education (3rd, St. Louis, MO, February 28, 1996).