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ERIC Number: EJ766840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Present Imperfect
Arth, Alfred; Ashford, Anne; Jenkins, Jaynellen Behre; Burns, Jim; Kane, Tom; Mitchell, Kenneth; Shepard, David A.; Toepfer, Conrad; Wheeler, Kathleen
Principal Leadership, v4 n8 p37-42 Apr 2004
An interesting educational phenomenon is occurring across the United States in relation to middle grades education. Many middle level educators and parents are asking, "What's wrong with our school?" Sometimes their concerns are supported by such comments as "We don't seem to be going anywhere" and "Our students do not seem to be learning enough" or by such questions as "We have a good school, but what's next?" "Is that all there is?" and "To what extent have we truly continued with the middle school model?" These are critical reevaluations and contemporary inquiries of the concept that was developed some 40 years ago by educators who cared about the 10- to 14-year-old transescents in middle level classrooms. The initial conversion to middle level education took a lot of discussion, debate, energy, and commitment. There was a potpourri of recommendations--some fragmented, some connected, and some that were never fully adopted. But now what? What follows the history of over expenditure of human resources: the long meetings, the writing and rewriting of mission statements for a more accurate purpose? What of the newer question that has been presented by the nation's pundits: "Why aren't our middle grades scores higher?" To answer these questions, middle level educators must take some steps: reread, rewrite, reexamine, don't buy anything yet, and hit the road. In this article, the authors discuss these steps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United States