ERIC Number: ED193365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-13
Reference Count: 0
The Bankruptcy of Service Delivery.
Seeley, David S.
The dominant concept of public education at present can be described as a "service delivery" model. The public wants its children educated, delegates the job to a government agency (the schools), and holds that agency responsible for the delivery of educational services. The problems in public education, however, will not be solved by holding the system accountable. The reason for this is that in any successful educational enterprise, partnership, and not political accountability, must be the dominant relationship. In a partnership approach to education, the student, and not the teacher, is the prime producer of learning, and parents and teachers share in the educational responsibility. The partnership approach would also have the advantage of maximizing resource utilization, increasing accountability of parents and citizen groups, and leading to the "empowerment" of the client population. From a social and economic standpoint, this is a particularly propitious time for changing to a partnership approach. Current research in the areas of alternative education and integrated human services can provide impetus and guidance for policy makers in order to enable them to reverse the crisis in public education. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Association, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Paper presented at the Foundation Lunch Group: Panel on Children, Edwin Gould Foundation for Children (New York, NY, February 13, 1980).