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The Basics [microform] : Random Reflections on a Movement / Edmund J. Farrell
Bib ID 5341697
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Farrell, Edmund J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1977 
18 p. 
Summary

This paper discusses the implications of the "back-to-basics" educational movement, expressing doubts about the advisability of standardized tests and the overall popularity of the movement. It states that learning reading and writing skills depends on the proper educational environment, and suggests that the use of minimum-competency requirements at all educational levels may only serve to distinguish students by their "test-taking" skills. As to the popularity of the "back-to-basics" movement, the paper provides public opinion polls indicating that parents with children in schools express confidence in public education systems and that the most severe critics of public education are those persons without children in public schools, indicating that public schools have suffered a decade of "bad press." The paper concludes by proposing that teachers in the humanities solicit active participation in public education by all citizens. (RL)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Council of Teachers of English (Richmond, November 4-5, 1977).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Achievement.  |  Basic Skills.  |  Citizen Participation.  |  Educational Change.  |  Educational Environment.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Educational Quality.  |  National Competency Tests.  |  National Norms.  |  Public Education.  |  Public Opinion.  |  Standardized Tests.  |  Back to Basics
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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