ERIC Number: ED132683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Before Conant, Beyond Jencks. Trends in Education Series.
Summerfield, Harry L.
The author reviews the history of education in America from the 1950s when plenty of money and public support for the schools was available, through the late 1970s when Americans no longer have complete faith in education as the means of solving social problems and when resources are increasingly scarce. Given the course of the last two decades, James Conant's optimistic predictions that the educational system could be all things to all people seems naive. Schools are the focal points--the places where national social concerns and policies are acted out. The result has been that while the school was used as a stage to play out great conflicts deriving from the culture, little attention has been given to educational issues. Educators have continued to operate much as they always have. The author does not expect the educational system to change much in the immediate future, and he anticipates that schools will continue to reflect cultural concerns. (DS)
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Problems, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Racial Integration, Social Problems
The University Council for Educational Administration, 29 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.