ERIC Number: ED348710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reform in an Era of Disinformation.
Berliner, David C.
Criticisms leveled at the American education system are examined in this paper, which asserts that misinformation about Japanese education should not be used as a basis for educational reform in the United States. Commonly reported changes made against the American public school system are explored; they include lowered student intelligence, decreased standardized test scores and academic achievement, overly expensive schools, the lack of a relationship between educational funding and school productivity, and declining mathematics and science competition in the world market. A historical overview indicates that business and the elite citizenry have waged a campaign of disinformation that identifies the American school system as a failure. Another conclusion is that many reform efforts will create greater economic and educational disparity. Five alternative national education goals are outlined: school radiness for all (including the provision of preschool programs and adequate day and health care); equal access to operational facilities; the creation of politically and socially involved graduates; the highest paid teachers in the world; and equalized school funding. A total of 17 figures are included. (41 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Japan; National Education Goals 1990
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Antonio, TX, February 1992).