ERIC Number: ED432067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Putting Standards of Excellence into Action. The State of American Education, Fourth Annual Address, Atlanta, Georgia.
Riley, Richard W.
The speech opens with an overview of current conditions in American education. It provides a synopsis of gains in education made in the American South, such as the fact that college enrollment in the region approached national norms. The Secretary of Education describes the changing context of American education and the need for skilled teachers to meet demands dictated by rising enrollments. The importance of fully educating every child, ensuring that students master the basics and that they become proficient in reading and in mathematics. The need to protect children from drugs and violence and the need to teach basic values are highlighted. Strategies for fixing failing schools are outlined, and the Secretary's commitment to public education is highlighted. The gains in connecting schools to the Internet and the importance of connectivity for children's future are described. The teaching force for the 21st century is discussed. The need to support new teachers and to increase teacher retention is also discussed. Partnerships between public schools and higher education is described. The importance of making a college education affordable for all students is emphasized. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.