ERIC Number: ED194494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
The Privatization of Public Education: Implications for Educational Policy.
Benson, Charles S.; Hoachlander, E. Gareth
Discontent with public education is feeding a movement to make private education public policy, with potentially disastrous results. Unionization and bureaucratization of the public schools has lessened their effectiveness and disaffected parents feel increasingly that public schools do not offer children social mobility and the opportunity for economic equality. This is particularly true in the case of children at the lower socioeconomic level. Privatization of the schools is not feasible for the urban poor. This concept diverts attention from the basic problems of educating this sizeable group of children. A closer relationship between schooling and active participation in the labor force will make education more relevant to the needs of these students. (SAS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Parent Attitudes, Population Trends, Private Education, Private Schools, Quality of Life, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Social Mobility, Student Responsibility, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared for Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education "Needs of Elementary and Secondary Education in the 1980's: A Compendium of Policy Papers." For entire document (microfiche only), see ED 185 660. For individual documents (microfiche and paper copy), see SP 016 934.