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ERIC Number: ED445053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 10
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Analyzing Slogans To Aid Student School Achievement.
Ediger, Marlow
Slogans are commonly used to advocate a point or view or a political stance. In education many slogans are used. One of these is the phrase "research shows that..." Many issues must be considered in interpreting research results, and the statement must be considered carefully. "Cooperative learning" is a slogan often advanced, but teachers must not fail to recognize the different learning styles and diverse intelligences of students. "Whole language versus phonics instruction" has been an ongoing debate, but the probable answer is that neither approach is totally correct. Heterogeneous grouping is another often discussed issue, but provisions must be made to give each student, including the gifted, the opportunity to learn and develop as well as possible. "High standards and high expectations" is a slogan often heard, but what these standards are to be and what expectations should really be need further definition. "Focus on academics only" is a slogan that ignores the necessity of teaching students skills and a breadth of knowledge as preparation for life. Competition to improve the public schools as the key to improved opportunities for all is a slogan that supports alternative schools, but the many questions surrounding the use of public moneys to pay for alternative schooling must be explored. Slogans that compare the public schools with other societal institutions fail to take into account the special requirements of educational facilities. Many who comment on education praise what is happening in other fields while minimizing the accomplishments of the educational system. It is difficult to compare teaching to other types of professional work, but like any profession, the profession of education must work to improve. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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