ERIC Number: ED245407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-25
Reference Count: 0
Social Values, Educational Philosophy, Politics and Curriculum Decision-Making: A Case Study in Today's Department of Education.
Pasch, Marvin; Greene, Bert I.
Social values, educational philosophy, politics, and decision-making are examined in a case study of political influence involving the National Diffusion Network (funded by the Department of Education), which supports the dissemination of exemplary curriculum programs meeting high priority needs. In 1982, 87 directors of ongoing programs were asked to submit projects for review so a decision could be reached about their renewal. Of these, 83 reached the third stage of completion. Donald Senese, the department's assistant secretary for educational research and improvement (appointed by President Reagan), had recently called for "order and discipline" in the schools; now he terminated support for 13 projects, 4 of whose directors brought a suit, charging First Amendment violations. Senese's deposition offers insights into the philosophical orientation of an educator working in a political decision-making capacity. Apparently he had relied not upon the "goal based" assessment approach, but, rather, had utilized a set of sociopolitical principles to develop a list of termination candidates. Project Environment, for example, focused too strongly on environmental problems, while World Religions interfered with individual belief. Educational policy thus shifts with the political process; this document should provide a basis for future study of that process. (KS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Diffusion Network
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).