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ERIC Number: ED139088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-28
Pages: 21
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American Education: Past, Present and Future.
Zeigler, L. Harmon
According to popular analysis, parental objections to busing are generated by a perceived "loss of control" over the education of their children. It is the thesis of this essay that this loss of control began well before the current dispute over busing. It is helpful to view the process of parental political disenfranchisement as one that has occurred in the following phases: Phase 1, the first period of "maximum feasible participation" (1835 to 1900); Phase 2, the period of "reform and efficiency" (1900 to 1968); Phase 3, the period in which the school was viewed as an agent of social and economic change (1954 to 1975); and Phase 4, the period in which the aspirations of Phase 3 will be proven unachievable (1975 - ). The loss of control being protested in 1975 actually began at the beginning of Phase 2, the period of reform. American education is in an untenable position because Phase 3 governance cannot achieve its mandate. Whether the goal of economic equality is retained or abandoned, a change in the pattern of control over education seems inevitable. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (37th, Houston, Texas, March 26-29, 1977)