ERIC Number: ED157965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Magnet School Boom: Implications for Desegregation.
The current boom in magnet schools (or multiple option systems) draws strength from three converging trends in education in the last decade: (1) the search for appropriate educational options to meet the diverse learning needs of children; (2) the desire for greater parental participation in the educational process; and (3) the search for voluntary desegregation measures. The use of magnet schools or projects in the process of school desegregation still poses problems that are difficult to resolve. For example, one or two, or even several magnet schools, no matter how racially balanced their individual student populations, are not sufficient to bring about district wide desegregation. Magnet schools may also raise problems concerning the question of equity in educational services within a school district as a whole. It is also possible that magnet schools will not bring about equal educational opportunity and social mobility. For example, there is always the danger that less educated parents will not be adequately informed to make the best choices for their children, despite the availability of several options. However, positive aspects of the growing number of magnet schools and multiple option systems should be emphasized: (1) they respond to the need for alternatives to the standard curriculum in the public school; (2) they provide a wide variety of learning experiences to children; and (3) the multiple option systems legitimize diversity. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Multiple Option Systems