1997-08

1997-08

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“What’s happening in heritage education?” This is the question that this survey begins to answer. With responses from state historic preservation offices and other heritage-related organizations, the national and state-by-state status of heritage education is emerging.

Why ask this question? The Goals 2000: Educate America Act, signed into law in March of 1994 mandates an account able and collaborative approach to education. In doing so, the act essentially reaffirms that the responsibility for education lies in state and local school systems. A basic objective of Goals 2000 is to accomplish educational reform by creating broad-based cooperative partners P9 in states and local communities among teachers, students, government agencies, heritage organizations, the work force, retired citizens, and other residents.

Individuals and organizations entrusted with the identification, documentation, preservation, protection and interpretation of our cultural and historic resources should lead the way in cooperative efforts to build in the “in-school generation a strong conservation ethic. With the 30th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 just past, it s a timely necessity that heritage education become, or continue to be, a high priority of state historic preservation offices and heritage organizations.

Who is asking the question? The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) contracted with the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) at Middle Tennessee State University to conduct the survey and prepare this report. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the many individuals at state historic preservation offices and heritage organizations who took the time to reply to the survey and to send materials illustrating their programs. Because of the information provided we can focus with renewed purpose and concentration on heritage education in 2000 and beyond.

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