ERIC Number: ED053644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Breaking the System: The Redistribution of Educational and Non-Educational Goods.
Green, Thomas F.
This paper explains why expansion of post-secondary education will not bring about a redistribution of certain other goods in American life. The educational system must distribute its benefits in certain ways, to certain people and for certain purposes. These factors all relate to problems of access, quality and goals. The American educational system is sequential, offers schooling up to a level that everyone must complete, and is selective beyond that level. No society has been able to expand its educational enterprise to include participation of the lower class in proportion to their numbers until the system is first saturated by the upper and middle classes. Thus, as the group of last entry approaches the target level of education, the target moves. This type of growth at the top results in more people spending more of their lives in the educational system, but not in fundamental changes in the system. Universalizing higher education makes it not a choice but a necessity. We should consider moving toward a national policy that provides for each individual a litigious claim to 15 years of education at public expense. But there should be no requirement that the years be spent consecutively in formal core or peripheral institutions, nor any but the most general restrictions as to content. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.
Note: Paper prepared for the Educational Staff Seminar on Alternatives in Post Secondary Education, Syracuse University Research Corporation, New York, April 30-May 1, 1971