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ERIC Number: EJ766422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Balance in the Balance
Rothstein, Richard; Wilder, Tamara; Jacobsen, Rebecca
Educational Leadership, v64 n8 p8-14 May 2007
Throughout nearly 300 years of policymaking in the United States, educators have promoted eight broad goals of schooling: basic academic skills, critical thinking and problem solving, social skills and work ethic, citizenship, physical health, emotional health, the arts and literature, and preparation for skilled employment. A recent survey about the goals of public education confirmed the public's interest in having students focus on more than just basic skills. To create incentives for teaching a balanced curriculum, schools should be held accountable for each of the eight goal areas. Schools and states could use data from current surveys, such as the Current Population Survey of the Census, to focus schools more emphatically on promoting these behaviors. Balanced accountability would require school inspections that evaluate whether schools engage in activities likely to generate balanced outcomes. Principals could promote using report cards that assess student progress in such areas as work ethic and classroom citizenship, making teachers more likely to incorporate the development of these skills into daily classroom activities. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States