Education at CBE
A national level, non profitable organization, The Council for Basic Education
(CBE), is an advocate of higher academic standards pertaining to the students'
point of view and dedication to exemplary teaching methods in each and every
school across the United States of America.
Established in 1956, CBE was an initiative taken forward by a number of citizens
whose concern lay in the improvement of dwindling standards of America's schooling
system by forging a strong relationship between healthy democratic values and
a bright system of public education.
Throughout their immediate history, CBE have directed their publications and
programs towards strengthening teaching techniques and understanding of the
modern liberal arts in order to prepare a student for continuous meaningful
learning and subsequently responsible citizenship.
The CBE have developed over time, their reputation as impartial critics of
educational restructuring. In promoting a sufficiently high educational standard
for students, CBE also advises local and state districts in their attempts at
reviewing, developing, revising, and later implementing proper academic performance
and content standards. CBE promotes the development of curriculum frameworks
that are aligned to the prescribed standards and also provides a sense of professional
development to all principals and teachers and works towards the achievement
of this development in a constant and organized manner.
CBE emphasizes the need for improvement in teacher quality in order to ensure
that every classroom is filled with proper teaching. A university based associative
project between the AACTE (or American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)
and the CBE, known as the Standards-based Teacher Education Project (STEPS)
was started in the year 1996 in order to provide support and guidance for the
arts and science faculties of educational institutions as they sought to redesign
various teacher preparation workshops through new teacher licensure standards
and K-12 academic standards in an attempt to strengthen courses, assessments
and the program requirements.
Through the years 1983-1997 CBE attracted a fellowship count of more than 3000
teachers who participated in their various programs including their famous Writing
to Learn program which taught effective writing, in the urban schooling systems
mostly, when it came to the curriculum. Till date CBE is a name that is synonymous
with the idea of educational reform. It is believed to be an independent active
voice in the education system in America with it being referred to in a large
number of mass media offshoots even periodicals and national newspapers.
It reaches out to a vast and diverse audience base through its publications
and starting from members of Congress to State Legislators, U.S. Department
of Education to the media all seek an understanding of modern educational trends
and policies. Education officials from within the country as well as from outside
the country find it a necessity to confer on a regular basis with CBE when it
comes to their education policy.
Public records of CBE in 2001 stated that CBE had links on a professional basis
with a total of 8 countries while domestic records suggest a CBE work base in
twenty five states and a total of twenty eight districts.