Monday, December 20, 2010

A1--Public Education


The National Education Association believes that public educational opportunities for every American must be preserved and strengthened.
The Association also believes that public education is the cornerstone of our social, economic, and political structure and is of utmost significance in the development of our moral, ethical, spiritual, and cultural values. The Association further believes that each state must maintain a system of public education that prepares its citizens to—

a. Achieve functional proficiency in English, with emphasis on the development of basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
b. Compute effectively to procure and/or dispense services and materials
c. Use critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills
d. Exercise attitudes of good citizenship, societal productivity, and global awareness
e. Care for the environment
f. Appreciate the aesthetic and moral qualities of life
g. Formulate values that lead to continual growth and self-fulfillment
h. Recognize and appreciate cultural, social, political, and religious differences
i. Use leisure time effectively and develop sound physical health habits
j. Develop skills in and/or an appreciation for the practical/vocational and fine arts.
The Association believes that its members should support public education by sending their children to public educational institutions. (1969, 1998)

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