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ERIC Number: ED222458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of Education.
Thomas, M. Donald
The politics of education is a study in the exercise of power. There are two forms of power--position power and persuasive power. Position power changes with conditions and legal mandates, while persuasive power rests in the communicative ability and knowledge of the individual, regardless of position. The exercise of power occurs within the moral context of its aims and means and can be corrupted by the means it uses or the ends it hopes to achieve. The exercise of political power in education must be guided by traditional values. Decisions of superintendents and actions of boards of education, parents, and teachers must be congruent with historical democratic ethical principles. Power is exercised as a process or as a series of actions which lead to success or failure depending on the effectiveness of the process. Success depends on possessing a sound knowledge base and being able to communicate and to agree on an action. Exercising power at the local, state, and federal levels demands increasingly complex methods. The exercise of power fails if either the aims are inappropriate or the means are corrupt. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Parent/Citizen Involvement in Schools (Salt Lake City, UT, July 22-25, 1982).