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FOCUS — in seven issues a year — is a publication of the faculty and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. Many of the articles in FOCUS express the opinions of individual members of the Carnegie Mellon community; unless so indicated, they should not be construed as reflecting university policy. In the spirit of the fairness doctrine, FOCUS seeks a variety of opinions.


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The comments and advice of G.A. Forehand and H.A. Simon are greatly appreciated.

From time to time it seems as if topics of concern to this campus are like seasons, they come round with regularity. So it seemed that it might be useful to scour past issues of FOCUS for contributions that might still have some currency.

The following was originally published in FOCUS September 22, 1971. It begins with an argument for making planning for effective classroom outcomes the focus of teaching. Teachers should be evaluated on the quality of their planning and design of educational events, and ultimately on the effectiveness of those plans, and not on classroom performance, or popularity. The second part of the essay, deals with implementation of Professor Kornís ideas, with attention focused on how to evaluate designs and plans, and how to reward those who develop them effectively.

English professor Arthur M. Eastman gives his reply to Professor Korn at the end.

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