ERIC Number: ED349707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Implications of One Significant Component of "Education 2000": Parental Choice of Schooling.
Bauer, Norman J.
Issues in school choice are examined in this paper, with a focus on the link between the political philosophy of Education 2000 and the likely civic, economic, and religious consequences for the United States. The first part briefly identifies selected attributes of the conservative and liberal philosophies regarding capitalism, democracy, nationalism, religion, and science. The second part examines the significant attributes of Education 2000 (America 2000) and concludes that the Bush Administration views parental choice as a vehicle for achieving the six national education goals. A model of school types to assess the likely consequences of parental choice is developed in the third part. A conclusion is that the Education 2000 proposal has been guided by a conservative political philosophy, one designed to return the United States to the days of natural law theory, church-state integration, to the era of the "haves" and the "have-nots," and to the survival of the fittest mentality. Education 2000, with its emphasis on parental choice, will likely create divisive religious, economic, and civic tensions, among them the domination of schools by the religious and economic elites. (Contains 24 endnotes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: America 2000
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of Teacher Educators (Syracuse, NY, April 30-May 1, 1992).