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ERIC Number: EJ776611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
A Landmark Revisited
Shanker, Albert
Education Next, v3 n2 p36-37 Spr 2003
Recently, the author reread "A Nation at Risk", the landmark report that started the education reform movement, and was surprised at what he found. After 10 years, some of the words and ideas were still familiar, but he was not prepared for an exposition of what everyone would now call "systemic reform": figuring out what everyone wants students to know and be able to do and making sure that all parts of the education system--standards, curriculum, textbooks, assessments, teacher training--move simultaneously toward the achievement of agreed-upon goals. In this article, the author presents the proposed recommendations of the systematic reform "A Nation at Risk". He further states that education reforms are useless unless children take responsibility for their education (the way students in other countries do), and until everyone agrees on standards for what students should know and be able to do, assesses them on their achievement of those standards, and gives them a reason to work hard in school by linking their achievement with what they want--access to college or to jobs. [This retrospective on a "A National at Risk" is reprinted fro, the American Federation of Teachers' "Where We Stand" column that originally appeared on May 9, 1993.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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