Oversight on the Quality of Education in the United States: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-eighth Congress, First Session, Parte1

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Página 86 - If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
Página 86 - Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world.
Página 88 - I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.
Página 74 - States and the well-being of its people, the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.
Página 99 - Secondary school curricula have been homogenized, diluted, and diffused to the point that they no longer have a central purpose. In effect, we have a cafeteriastyle curriculum in which the appetizers and desserts can easily be mistaken for the main courses.
Página 92 - For the first time in the history of our country, the educational skills of one generation will not surpass, will not equal, will not even approach, those of their parents.
Página 76 - Commission examined leadership and fiscal support, recommending that citizens across the Nation hold educators and elected officials responsible for providing the leadership necessary to achieve the reforms it proposed, and that citizens provide the fiscal support and stability required. As I am sure the members of this Committee are aware, the last recommendation has excited considerable discussion about the Federal role. I simply want to note that the report makes it clear that all levels of government...
Página 95 - At the heart of such a society is the commitment to a set of values and to a system of education that affords all members the opportunity to stretch their minds to full capacity, from early childhood through adulthood, learning more as the world itself changes. Such a society has as a basic foundation the idea that education is important not only because of what it contributes to one's career goals but also because of the value it adds to the general quality of one's life.
Página 94 - Our goal must be to develop the talents of all to their fullest. Attaining that goal requires that we expect and assist all students to work to the limits of their capabilities, (pp.
Página 111 - Persons preparing to teach should be required to meet high educational standards, to demonstrate an aptitude for teaching, and to demonstrate competence in an academic discipline. Colleges and universities offering teacher preparation programs should be judged by how well their graduates meet these criteria.

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