American Secondary Education, Part 3 of 7

Joseph Adelson, Carl Dolce, Denis Doyle, and Donald Stedman discuss the characteristics of good schools and effective teachers in the United States. They compare and contrast the roles, authority, and respect accorded to administrative personnel, teachers, and parents in the American public school system.

In the second segment [16:20], Joseph Adelson, Carl Dolce, Denis Doyle, and Gilbert Sewall brainstorm on how to attract more good people to the teaching profession. They consider teachers’ poor salaries; teachers’ lack of formal autonomy and of a voice in administrative decisions; teacher training; and the over-administration of public schools.

At the time of this interview, Adelson, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1978-79), was professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Dolce was dean of the School of Education at North Carolina State University. Doyle was the education policies studies director at the American Enterprise Institute. Sewall, a Fellow at the Center (1981-82), was former education editor of Newsweek. Stedman was associate vice-president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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