ERIC Number: ED414647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking the Tyranny of Time: Voices from the Goals 2000 Teacher Forum.
In November 1994, the U.S. Department of Education invited a group of exceptional public and private school teachers (n=114) to Washington, D.C., to hear their thoughts and to explore ways in which the federal government can work with educators to achieve the National Education Goals. The teachers centered on two dimensions of the time challenge: "What time barriers must be overcome?" and "How can time be restructured?" The participants identified the following barriers to time: teacher isolation, school-day design, top-down thinking, slowness in responding to research, the need for family and community involvement, inadequate student assessment, and the demand for continual improvement. Teachers offered the following solutions to the time bind: (1) Focus on student learning as the constant and time as the variable; (2) create more flexibility rather than more instructional time; (3) realize that increasing planning time for teachers is more important for improving instruction than increasing instructional time with students; (4) encourage attitudinal change along with structural change; (5) involve teachers as policy-making partners in any solutions to the time problem; and (6) connect the issues of time and school reform. The document also lists eight recommendations made by the National Education Commission on Time and Learning's April 1994 report, "Prisoners of Time." A list of participating teachers is included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Day, Flexible Scheduling, Instructional Effectiveness, Professional Development, School Schedules, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching (Occupation), Time Blocks, Time Factors (Learning), Time Management
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000