ERIC Number: ED427429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21st Century. Report on the Mount Vernon Conference.
Withrow, Frank; Long, Harvey; Marx, Gary
This book describes the kind of education system that is needed for the future. The text originated with a study that involved 21 leaders in business, education, government, and other fields who identified more than 250 characteristics that would enhance schools' capability in preparing students for a global knowledge/information age. Followup surveys asked participants to prioritize the 250 items and gauge the items' potential impact on student learning. Chapter 1 presents 16 major characteristics developed after a thorough review of the entire study. Some of these characteristics include "All students have equal opportunity for an outstanding education, with adequate funding, no matter where they live,""Educators are driven by high expectations and clear, challenging standards that are widely understood by students, families and communities," and "Students learn to think, reason and make sound decisions and demonstrate values inherent in a democracy." Chapters 2 through 11 review specific characteristics identified in each of 12 categories. These chapters present explanations of eight or more characteristics that were rated highest in the survey. Chapter 12 offers suggestions about how school leaders might put this research to work in their communities. The conclusion of most chapters or sections includes a listing of additional characteristics identified by the original 21 community leaders. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Student Development
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