CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 06, 1977
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(Studio) Troubles of public school system noted. CBS News poll with regard to education and its improvement cited.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) 1st in series of reports on trouble in nation's classroom's and students who go through without learning. Eddie Donahoo was graduate from Long Island HS last year and can't read. (Interview by Gary Shepard.) [DONAHOO - cites inability to read, but says they passed him.] Donahoo's parents sued school district Decline in high school test scores in recent years in California, New York and Iowa noted; has caused outrage everywhere. [NV state senate Cliff YOUNG - notes some schools graduate students with 3rd grade reading level.] Parents and taxpayers in Eagle Point, OR, caused schools to close this year, by not voting funding, because of anger over children not getting basic skills. [Paul CLEMENT - says gimmicks not needed; education should be lst.] [WOMAN - says if it's important enough, parents will take children out of school till schools run as parents feel is right.] Much of rebellion is against new methods begun in 1960's. [American Institution for Research spokesperson Albert CHALUPSKY - assesses problem.] At Hoover School in Palo Alto, California, it's back to basics. [Student Malcolm SMITH - learns to write better.] [Kathy McCOWAN - didn't think it would be fun at Hoover, but is.] [Mrs. Mary CARLSTEAD - says own parental values are reinforced at Hoover.] Critics of education in United States say schools like assembly lines where students don't learn. [Educator Paul NACHTIGAL - says system produces educational product.] Upcoming reports on education noted.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
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