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In 1983 the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a report calling for the total reassessment of policy and curriculum governing American education. The commission's findings were met with impassioned interest and volcanic debate. "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," set the tone of the views expressed in the report.

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In 1983 the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a report calling for the total reassessment of policy and curriculum governing American education. The commission's findings were met with impassioned interest and volcanic debate. "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," set the tone of the views expressed in the report.

Seemingly overnight, the "education crisis" became a battleground on which citizens, education professionals and numerous organized groups fought for America's children. Nowhere is this more evident than in the compilation of essays contained in Excellence in Education.

Five areas of investigation are focused upon in this comprehensive volume: an overview of the debate occasioned by the report; a consideration of the social, political, and economic content of the report; how reform will affect policies initiated in the 60's and 70's; how reforms impact on curriculum, teacher preparation, and student success; and the historical implications of past reform movements in education. Essays reflecting every educational perspective have been contributed by such prominent scholars as Ernest L. Boyer, Michael W. Apple, Albert Shanker, Paul E. Peterson, Joel Spring, Sheila Slaughter, Richard C. Hunter, Carl A. Grant, Christine E. Sleeter, Rosemarie V. Rosen, Dennis Carlson, Hugh G. Petrie, Kowsar P. Chowdhury, as well as the editors.

Parents, teachers, administrators, and students have urgent questions that must be addressed. Should our schools be instruments of public policy? Is the commission's undertaking largely symbolic, since it lacks the power to implement its proposals? And will the development of literacy and reasoning skills be subverted by emphasis upon quantifiable criteria of student progress? How America deals with the "excellence debate" and the questions arising from it will have far reaching consequences for future generations. Together we can find the answers!

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A collection of essays on topics encompassing financing higher education, academic freedom, legal aspects, and the relationship between American universities and government. Contributors discuss how students, faculty, and administrators have been affected by societal trends, analyzing the relationship between the university and the political and social system of which it is a part. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879753016
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1985
  • Series: Frontiers in Education Series
  • Edition number: 29
  • Pages: 290
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword: American Society Turns More Assertive: A New Century Approaches for Higher Education in the United States 9
Introduction: Higher Education in American Society 15
1 Campus and Commonwealth: A Historical Interpretation 21
2 Academic Freedom in Delocalized Academic Institutions 37
3 Autonomy and Accountability: Some Fundamental Issues 55
4 Academic Freedom at the End of the Century: Professional Labor, Gender, and Professionalism 73
5 Economics and Financing of Higher Education: The Tension Between Quality and Equity 101
6 The Federal Government and Higher Education 125
7 The States and Higher Education 155
8 The Courts 181
9 Other External Constituencies and Their Impact on Higher Education 199
10 Problems and Possibilities: The American Academic Profession 225
11 College Students in Changing Contexts 249
12 Comparative Reflections on Leadership in Higher Education 269
13 It's Academic: The Politics of the Curriculum 289
14 Graduate Education: Changing Conduct in Changing Contexts 307
15 Current and Emerging Issues Facing Higher Education in the United States 335
16 The Insulated Americans: Five Lessons from Abroad 365
Contributors 377
Index 381
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