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ERIC Number: EJ1215544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
A Music Educator's First-Hand Account of the Struggle to Reform American Education (1953-2018)
Lehman, Paul R.
Contributions to Music Education, v44 p185-199 2019
This article provides the author's thoughts concerning nine major events, reports, and pieces of legislation that have shaped American education over the past 65 years. It also lists several lessons he has learned from these efforts. In addition, a number of proposals are offered for achieving genuine reform in education, and for strengthening the position of music in the school curriculum. Paul R. Lehman is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He served as president of the Music Educators National Conference, now the National Association for Music Education, from 1984 to 1986. This piece is adapted from his remarks delivered on March 24, 2018, at the NAfME National In-Service Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of these thoughts have been discussed by the author in earlier publications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Education Professions Development Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001