ERIC Number: ED036894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Community Control of the Schools: A New Alternative.
Hagood, Henry B.
The concept of community control of schools differs from "decentralization" because community control stresses the possibility of the schools becoming an integral part of the total community. When professional educators are coupled with a cluster of special interest groups (e.g., book publishers, realtors, landowners, politicians), they form interlocking subsystems that can be described as the "Educational Complex." These interest groups often challenge one another for relative power. The concept of community control represents reform that would redistribute power outside the complex. The call for community control is interwoven in a revolutionary push by members of the Black City Reservation to determine their own destiny. The crisis in education is one of the community questioning the relevancy of its own existence in the educational complex. Meaningful community control can only come if we (1) develop alternative measures to determine whether stated objectives are reached, (2) devise methods for students to exercise power, (3) redistribute economic power, (4) restructure the school-community relationship, (5) develop inservice strategies for teachers and paraprofessionals, and (6) develop processes for involving all persons concerned in planning and evaluating school programs. (DE)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Community Control, Community Involvement, Cultural Background, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Decentralization, Educational Strategies, Equal Education, Ghettos, Middle Class Standards, Power Structure, Program Proposals, School Community Relationship, School Role
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan-Ohio Regional Educational Lab., Inc., Detroit.