Americans in the 1960s became aware that the nation was suffering from a shortage of citizens whose education and training were sufficient to meet the technological challenges of modern society. The gap between the learning needs of the country and the capacity of the American educationl system to meet those needs was at a crisis point at the beginning of the decade, and the resulting demands for more and better education forced reassessment of every segment of the teaching-learning process. Education writer Myron Lieberman aptly predicted, in his 1960 book attacking the established system, The Future of Public Education, that sweeping transformations over the next few decades would affect "teacher organizations, professional ethics, teacher education, the theory and practice of teacher compensation, and the many interrelationships between teachers and pupils, parents, communities and governmental agencies." Lieberman's predictions were correct, but the changes were compressed into only one decade, 1960-1969.
Effects of Inertia.
During this period the face of America changed. Revolutions occurred in science and technology, in economic and political affairs, and in demographic and social structures, while educational institutions struggled to catch up. Despite some attempts at upgrading math and science...
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