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The Curriculum Reform Debate: Some Critical Issues

reviewed by Ann Lieberman - 1984

coverTitle: The Curriculum Reform Debate: Some Critical Issues
Author(s): John I Goodlad
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, New York
ISBN: 0070236275, Pages: , Year: 1984
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Several months ago I went to a midwestern city to give a speech on how to think about and organize staff development at the local school level. While I was waiting to give my speech, the superintendent gave his opening remarks. He said that he had just read A Nation at Risk1 and wanted everyone to know that mediocre schools would not be tolerated. All principals, he said, would have copies of the report on their desks when they got back to their buildings. He ended his talk by charging everyone to raise expectations this year. The audience of principals and teachers sat silent. A month later I was introduced by a secondary school principal in an eastern suburb to discuss what we know about school improvement. Several members of the faculty approached me afterward and said it was exciting to have an outsider come. They had not had a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 4, 1984, p. 663-670
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 889, Date Accessed: 9/19/2021 1:26:17 PM

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  • Ann Lieberman
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    ANN LIEBERMAN is chairperson and professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, associate director of the Horace Mann-Lincoln Institute, and executive secretary of the Metropolitan School Study Council at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary interest has been in educational change and school improvement. She has, for the last decade, attempted to bridge the gap between those studying how to improve schools and those working in them.
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