September 18, 1986 |
The Great Valley school board has approved new curricula in four subject areas as part of a districtwide review. Detailed new objectives and new courses in the foreign language, home economics, business education and arts programs were formulated this summer and presented formally to the school board Tuesday by Assistant Superintendent David B. Morgan 3d. The changes were unanimously approved. New courses include keyboarding, dance, musicianship, video communications, art history, word processing, business graphics, marketing and high-tech home economics, and German, Spanish and Latin at the middle-school level.
June 20, 1991 |
Some faculty members at Rancocas Valley Regional High School will spend time this summer revamping the curricula in a number of courses so that students can meet new state requirements, according to a school official. The faculty will be using existing equipment and material. Joseph Biringer, the school's assistant principal for curriculum, said last week that about 35 teachers would spend time this summer changing math, English, French, Spanish, Latin, business, biology, physical education and health courses.
November 16, 1997 |
Immediately after they've mastered nap time and sharing, kindergartners will toy with careers in allied health if Glassboro and Washington school administrators get their way. "What do you think a doctor does? Why don't you draw me a doctor?" Eileen Gallo said, demonstrating the type of questions educators hope will prompt 5-year-olds to contemplate their professional futures. Gallo, coordinator of the Gloucester County Work Investment Board, acknowledges that as educational tactics go, such questions are rather innocuous.
October 14, 1996
In 13 years of handwringing since "a rising tide of mediocrity" was first spotted in the nation's schoolhouses, the nation still hasn't decided what it thinks a high-school graduate ought to know and be able to do. There's been no end of talk about devising rigorous standards. But the push for answers to that most basic of questions - What should children learn? - has been undercut by the nation's confusion over what values are most important in education. Those who dare to draft standards have been bedeviled by suspicious parents, defensive educators and ideologues of all stripes.
April 18, 1999 |
During the last century, psychiatry has generally argued that religion has no role in improving mental health. In fact, religion was an anathema to many psychiatrists. Freud spent the latter half of his career criticizing religion as mere "illusion. " The couch surely had no place for God. Well, there's room for the deity now. New curricula include religion and spirituality in a number of psychiatric residency programs. Young psychiatrists are being taught to explore the role of religion in their patients' lives.
July 19, 2001
I wish that every time people have a debate about public education, they would add three words: in a democracy. Don't talk about public education; talk about public education in a democracy. Don't talk about vouchers; talk about whether vouchers work in a democracy. Don't talk about curricula; talk about curricula in a democracy. Democracy is the context of our educational systems, and the problems of education, to some degree, mirror the problems of democracy. . . . To [the founders]
January 29, 1987 |
Three evaluation committees have been formed to review the Wallingford- Swarthmore School District curricula for social studies, foreign languages, and the program for gifted and talented students. The committees were approved by the school board during its business meeting Monday evening. Made up of residents and members of the district's staff, the committees are part of a five-year plan to review and improve the district's curricula. In 1986, similiar committees reviewed the district's curricula for special education, health and physical education, and language arts.
September 28, 1989 |
The New Hope-Solebury School District has won two grants for teacher training, and the folks at the school board meeting Monday were mighty pleased about it. In fact, district parents, residents and teachers who were at the meeting burst into a loud round of applause when Superintendent Irene Bender announced the district would receive a $25,000 grant from the Coalition of Essential Schools and a $7,400 Lead Teacher Grant from the state....
July 8, 1995
Most U.S. children are not going to college. Ditto in Europe. Yet the U.S. system of education caters to the college-bound, not the work- bound. In England, France and Scotland, for example, schools provide a strong academic foundation for all. A study by the American Federation of Teachers unfavorably compares the U.S. system to Europe's. Students not headed to university there are prepared for vocational and technical fields through rigorous curricula, apprenticeships and "gateway" exams to prove mastery of relevant job skills.
December 16, 1994 |
Teaching teen-agers about masturbation, which led to Joycelyn Elders' dismissal as surgeon general, is a howling example of bringing coals to Newcastle. But as the smoke clears from this latest skirmish in the culture wars, we should rethink the terms of the debate. Condom distribution and "safe sex" curricula are only symptoms of a much deeper problem: the prevalent divorce of sex from deep feeling. While Hollywood turns up the heat, educators scramble to keep the lid on. But though they may call into question the posturing of gangster rappers and warn of the dangers of serial encounters, their medical, bureaucratic and legalistic assumptions add oxygen to the atmosphere in which deromanticized sex can thrive.