ERIC Number: ED120107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-5
Reference Count: 0
A Governance Role for the State Agency: Consumer Advocate.
Pittenger, John C.
All groups, from teachers to administrators to colleges and all other groups, tend to protect their own interests. Students, however, cannot form powerful groups to protect their own intersts, and therefore, the state should have a role as advocate for children as consumers of education. Most states delegate the responsibility of providing an education to the board of education, which must decide what outcome will be desirable for students. Since the board must remain sensitive to public opinion and criticism, it is appropriate for it to have an ultimate voice in teacher certification. Schools of education, on the other hand, should have input but not final control because their perspective is limited. They tend, for instance, to overvalue course work and undervalue real life performance ability. Teachers should not exclusively regulate the profession either; if they have that power they will not use it in the public interest any more than doctors or lawyers do. A board of education is at least minimally accountable because the highest officer is usually elected or appointed. State boards should be composed of laymen, not professional educators. If a policy board of laymen is established to oversee the administrative agency and if opportunities are provided for the public to scrutinize the bureaucratic process, we will have the structures necessary to insure state responsiveness. (CD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Advisory Committees, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Child Advocacy, Competency Based Teacher Education, Governance, Lay People, Public Officials, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, School Districts, Schools of Education, State Agencies, Teacher Certification
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (St. Louis, Missouri, February 5, 1976)