ERIC Number: ED445794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-7
Reference Count: N/A
Times of Transition. Annual Back to School Address (Washington, D.C., September 7, 2000). Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.
Riley, Richard W.
This document comprises the remarks of Richard Riley, the U.S. Secretary of Education, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2000 for his annual "Back-to-School" speech. Presented in four parts, the speech focuses on important transitions through children's education. Part 1 maintains that it is imperative that a new, sustained focus be put on birth to 5 years, especially on relationships, resilience, and readiness. This section also recommends that educators do a better job in educating parents on how they can help their children get ready for school. Part 2, dealing with middle school transition, notes the importance of engaging parents in their teens' development, and maintains that middle schools need to examine their goals as they strive to respond to students' developmental needs and to demands for student achievement. This section argues that too much of the middle school curriculum is repetitive and that teachers receive little support in out-of-field teaching. Part 3 addresses the transition to high school and advocates the creation of summer academies to help youth improve their reading and other academic skills to prevent high school dropout. This section also suggests the creation of freshman academies, the support of parent involvement, and the development of mentors. The section argues that society needs to create well-thought-out transitions or rites of passage into adulthood for all youth. Part 4 deals with reclaiming the senior year of high school for educational purposes and announces a commission to review the disconnections between K-12 and postsecondary education. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Secretary.