ERIC Number: EJ888635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What Knowledge Has the Most Worth?
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n4 p48-52 Dec 2008
American educators are very concerned by mandates prescribed in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and state-level reforms such as new curriculum standards and requirements. The concern is understandable because noncompliance leads to unbearable consequences. Failure to make AYP--adequate yearly progress--can result in a series of punitive actions ranging from student losses to school reorganization. The more serious consequence is the public shaming of schools resulting from the publication of a school's lowly ranking. While the latter is based on student performance on tests in math and reading, it is viewed by the public as indication of the overall quality of the school. As educators, however, they are charged with a more important task--the moral responsibility to prepare students to lead successful lives. Schools should at least equip students with the attitudes, perspectives, skills, and knowledge that will help them find and keep a job, interact with their coworkers and neighbors, and understand as well as make informed decisions about issues affecting society. The specific attitudes, skills, and knowledge schools aim to cultivate should be responsive to changes in society. Today, educators are in the midst of a significant transformation. Globalization is likely to turn the world into a global village where geographical distance matters little, and lives are affected by and impact people and places across the world as much as, if not more than, next-door neighbors.
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Global Approach, Labor Force Development, Competition, Multiple Intelligences, Creativity, Cultural Differences, Intercultural Communication, Citizenship Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Foreign Countries
Prakken Publications. 832 Phoenix Drive, P.O. Box 8623, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Tel: 734-975-2800; Fax: 734-975-2787; Web site: http://www.eddigest.com/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001