ERIC Number: EJ790100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 9
Mountain Climbing, Bridge Building and the Future of American Education
Ogden, William R.
Education, v127 n3 p361-368 Spr 2007
The author calls for a reexamination of educational aims. Tracing the evolution of education in this country from earliest days, he questions today's over reliance on test scores as the final indicator of school success. Noting that during the 1800s the schools made a commitment to broadly educate all and to produce the educated electorate that Washington, Jefferson and others of the colonial period saw as the bedrock of a democracy, he sees equating achievement to test performance as dangerously short-sighted, overly simplistic and actually detrimental to the development of a real love of learning.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Democratic Values, Revision (Written Composition), Educational Objectives, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment, Foundations of Education, Competency Based Education, Alternative Assessment, Policy Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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