ERIC Number: ED231074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Educational Opportunity, Parental Choice and Community: The Case for Reforming Public Education.
Hawkins, Robert B., Jr.
Sequoia Advisories, Nov 1982
For the last 10 years, polling data have recorded a consistent decline in the American citizen's support for public education. While public schools experienced an 8 percent decline in enrollment between 1968 and 1978, private school enrollment grew by 12 percent. The decline in quality of public education over the last 50 years appears strongly related to increasing pressures toward centralization and a steady increase in government control. Centralization and state control have resulted in withdrawn parental authority and decreased public school diversity. Public school improvement now depends on the creation of policy options for competitive public school systems that would restore the full participation of individual citizens to educational policy-making. Such participation does not necessarily mean a decentralized system, but one based on foundations of choice, opportunity, and community. These moral principles would be served at the state level by guaranteeing, for example, the rights of all students to attend any public school in their state and of all citizens to form their own school systems. Federal policy should demonstrate remewed support for individuals rather than institutions, through such policies as voucherizing Title 1 funds to maximize the choices available to disadvantaged students to obtain remedial work and compensating schools on the basis of performance criteria. (JBM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Civil Liberties, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Government School Relationship, Moral Issues, Parent School Relationship, Private Education, Public Opinion, Public Schools, School Choice, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Support, Student Rights
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sequoia Inst., San Jose, Sacramento, CA.
Note: Presented at a conference sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the New Coalition for Social Change. May reproduce poorly due to light print.