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Updating School Board Policies, 1977
Examines some criticisms of the back-to-basics movement and of fundamental schools. (IRT)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Boards of Education, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education
Hogan, Robert F.; Judy, Stephen – Media and Methods, 1976
Details the problems involved in accurately evaluating students' skill levels and suggests a program of fundamental literacy rather than a "back to basics" movement. (KS)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Language Ability
Brodinsky, Ben – 1977
This paper is a report of the proceedings and a synthesis of discussion from a conference on the state of basic skills in American education held in Racine, Wisconsin, in April 1977. The participants were national education leaders, including specialists in different curriculum areas, legislators, public school administrators, and leaders from…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Conventional Instruction, Daily Living Skills, Educational Policy
Fincher, Cameron – 1979
The forces or pressures that have produced a concern for fundamental skills of literacy are briefly considered, and a number of related questions are raised about willingness and capabilities for dealing with the issues in a deliberative, systematic manner. A major premise is the belief that the back-to-basics movement can be understood best in…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Role, Competence, Elementary Secondary Education
Rodriguez, Fred – 1978
The back to basics movement continues to be the education media event of our time, but it appears that many advocates of the movement have interest in it other than that of education. Objectives range from strict drill in the three R's to a more vague return of religious and patriotic values to the curriculum and the elimination of such "frills"…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Educational Responsibility
Anderson, Scarvia B. – 1979
In a speech on minimum competency testing, the author discusses four issues which are still unresolved. The first is the need to recognize the political overtones which gave impetus to the competency movement as a reaction against the perceived failures of the schools and teacher education institutions, rather than as a concern for student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Basic Skills