ERIC Number: ED430002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The Wasting of a People. The Philosophy and Practice of American Education: A Critical Analysis of Its Shortcomings and Proposals for Its Change.
Shelton, Russell D.
The present system of education in the United States is wasteful of human and monetary resources and is organized to deny learning opportunities to most students. Education is the biggest business in the United States, and it is the most important business because it molds the character and ability of current and future citizens. Schools should be organized and managed so that the resources of students, parents, teachers, and support personnel are used wisely in an environment that stresses openness, liberty, competition, individual achievement, and social responsibility. The school curriculum and its presentation should help each student earn and enjoy a living and support the United States in worldwide competition. The following chapters are included: (1) "The Problems"; (2)"Why We Need Standards"; (3) "The University"; (4) "The College of Education"; (5) "Recollections of a Junior College"; (6) "The Learning Unit"; (7) "Our Elementary Schools"; (8) "The Public High Schools"; (9) "Public, Private, and Parochial Schools"; (10) "The Discouragement of Teachers"; (11) "Some Pertinent Remarks on Knowledge and Skills"; (12) "Academics and Athletics"; (13) "Sociology"; (14) Recommendations"; and (15) "References" (endnotes). (Contains two tables and multiple endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Achievement, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Restructuring
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