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Excellence and The Basics

Excellence and The Basics EXCELLENCE AND THE BASICS Maxine Greene Teachers College, Columbia University We are at risk. We are endangered, they say. By what? By mediocrity, by J a p a n ' s "fifth generation" computers and the knowledge power they presumably contain, by losing economic primacy in the world, by our debt to foreign interests, by our deficits, by that and becoming -- despite missiles and lasers -- vulnerable to a t t a c k . evoke a latent Confronting t h r e a t s paranoia, we have on previous occasions identified a single cause conceived a simple remedy -- more o f t e n than not one having to do with school achievement. Sometimes it has been progressive education that worried us; sometimes neglect of the 3 Rs or the "basics"; or i n d i f f e r e n c e to spiritual values; or (and this is the best, the most easily deployed) declining test scores. But below the surface, more often than not, t h e r e have been more fundamental, vaguer f e a r s -- of critical thinking and the unrest that might follow, of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Issues in Education Purdue University Press

Excellence and The Basics

Current Issues in Education , Volume 4 (1) – Oct 5, 1984

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EXCELLENCE AND THE BASICS Maxine Greene Teachers College, Columbia University We are at risk. We are endangered, they say. By what? By mediocrity, by J a p a n ' s "fifth generation" computers and the knowledge power they presumably contain, by losing economic primacy in the world, by our debt to foreign interests, by our deficits, by that and becoming -- despite missiles and lasers -- vulnerable to a t t a c k . evoke a latent Confronting t h r e a t s paranoia, we have on previous occasions identified a single cause conceived a simple remedy -- more o f t e n than not one having to do with school achievement. Sometimes it has been progressive education that worried us; sometimes neglect of the 3 Rs or the "basics"; or i n d i f f e r e n c e to spiritual values; or (and this is the best, the most easily deployed) declining test scores. But below the surface, more often than not, t h e r e have been more fundamental, vaguer f e a r s -- of critical thinking and the unrest that might follow, of

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Current Issues in EducationPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 5, 1984

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