ERIC Number: ED117855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of Big City Education.
Havighurst, Robert J.
"Politics" is used in a broad sense to refer to the social, economic, political, and civil forces that impinge on the publicly financed school system. These forces are generated both from outside and inside the educational system. It is the author's view that the big cities and the school systems of most of these cities are in just enough trouble to force people to do something about them without delay and that citizens and educators will succeed in clearing up much of the trouble in the next 25 years. After a survey of the past, which shows that city schooling has improved, the author briefly discusses the present before moving to consider the future. He presents five elements to a successful resolution of the problems of big city education: (1) stabilization of school enrollment, (2) achieving a democratic pluralism in school policy and practice, (3) a metropolitan area civil-educational system, (4) an active role for teachers organizations in policy-making, and (5) broad-based planning and changes in the bureaucracy. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of School Administrators (108th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 20-23, 1976)