ERIC Number: ED428052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-16
New Challenges, a New Resolve: Moving American Education into the 21st Century. The Sixth Annual State of American Education Speech.
Riley, Richard W.
This speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley discusses how education is improving as the country moves into the 21st century. Section 1 sums up the United States' history of giving millions of Americans the education so long denied to them (immigrants, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and women). Section 2 examines a new realism mixed with hope for the 21st century, explaining the country's current willingness to take an honest accounting of its situation; understanding of changes being experienced and challenges ahead; and resolve to overcome the challenges and offer all children a quality education. Section 3 discusses where U.S. education is today, explaining that new academic standards are being established in 48 states, and 2 states have raised standards at the local level. Section 4 discusses the importance of emphasizing the early years of childhood and the basics of education, noting the need for parent participation. Section 5 discusses the need to create a democracy of excellence for the 21st century by providing new levels of accountability and raising achievement for all students. Section 6 describes how to reinvigorate the teaching profession. Section 7 discusses recruiting America's future teachers. Section 8 discusses preparing teachers for modern classrooms. Section 9 describes the need to retain, support, and reward teachers. Section 10 discusses how to spark creativity and innovation. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Labor Turnover, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teachers, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A