ERIC Number: ED140489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Participation: Quality and Impact.
The Common, Apr/May 1977
There are many different forms of community involvement and citizen participation in the schools. But while the quantity is high, the quality and impact are lagging far behind. The author (who is president of the Institute for Responsive Education) advocates the reintroduction of democratic values into education. Through school-based management, many important aspects of decision-making can be decentralized to the school building level. Workable decentralization requires a sensible plan of checks and balances, and citizens councils can encourage its development. Currently, however, citizens councils seem ineffective, partly because they have been given little authority or assistance by school officials. The author also advocates community access to collective bargaining in the schools and educational program diversity to serve different interests in the community. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.