High School Reform: Stuffing the Turkeys

Winn, Ira
November 1983
Phi Delta Kappan;Nov83, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p184
A number of myths must be exploded if serious reform of the high school is to take place, according to the author. One must stop thinking of education as a commodity. One know that the present curriculum grew out of the well-documented failure of the traditional curriculum to interest students in subject matter or to give them a grounding in "basic" knowledge and skills. The critics of the 1950's decried the "quackery" and intellectual slippage in the public schools that had led to a then-growing scientific inferiority. Each generation claims, in retrospect, that its own school experience was the "real" education, conveniently forgetting its own educational follies.


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