ERIC Number: ED177672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Creating Efficient Schools: The Wonder Is They Work at All.
Guthrie, James W.
Present and past efforts to enhance school efficiency have failed. Progressive Era reforms of a half-century ago contributed to the creation of a publicly insensitive, professionally dominated education system. Accountability enthusiasts of the '70s failed to understand the fundamental misalignment between the assumptions underlying private sector production and the operating conditions characterizing public schools. Political participation and market incentives can be translated into specific tactics designed to enhance school effectiveness. First, the expectations for public education must be reduced. This can be facilitated by making individual schools the basic unit for management purposes. Principals should be regarded as crucial to the success of an individual school, and they should be accorded decision-making discretion commensurate with their responsibility. Parent councils should participate heavily in principal selection. Each school should attempt to expand the range of choice for households. Collective bargaining could be better adapted for the public sector by permitting heightened citizen involvement. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Board Administrator Relationship, Competency Based Teacher Education, Conference Reports, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Parent Participation, Principals, Public Education, School Effectiveness, School Organization, Systems Approach, Testing Problems
Not available separately; See EA 012 153
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban League of Rochester, Inc., NY.; Rochester Univ., NY. Coll. of Education.
Note: Paper from "The Financing of Quality Education" (EA 012 153); For related documents, see EA 012 153-158