Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


The Nation at Risk challenges educators in all areas of curriculum. We have heard of apparent deficiency in our reading and writing curriculum through such reports as "Why Johnny Can't Read" and "Why Johnny Can't Write". These items were brought to our attention in the book by Rudolph Flesh called Why Johnny Can't Read in 1955. (1) The concepts still get attention today. A further indictment was that of former Creighton University student and basketball player, Kevin Ross, who claimed that he went through four years of college without the ability to read and write at a level where he should have been able to perform those tasks. He and the school gained national recognition with his "plight". Public Education and Creighton were held accountable for Kevin's problems.


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education University of Nebraska. Copyright Karen Sweeney August, 1984