ERIC Number: ED248585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
Educational Partnership and the Dilemmas of School Reform.
Today's educational reform proposals are undermined by four dilemmas. First, the public may demand visible results before it will provide the funding needed to achieve them. Second, higher academic standards will increase failure rates, while more attainable standards will inadequately educate students. Third, the current focus on high schools may detract from improvements still needed at other levels. Fourth, to say that public schools have "failed" may lower teacher morale and public support, yet not to do so ignores problems that must be solved. These dilemmas arise from a faulty assumption that improving school services automatically improves learning; reformers overlook the relationship between students and services. A new model is needed--an "educational partnership" in which home, school, and community share the responsibility for education and in which school services are but means to the end of learning. This model can solve the above four dilemmas as follows: (1) by redirecting energy from placing blame to constructive collaboration; (2) by stimulating improvement at all educational levels; (3) by providing help for students with difficulties; and (4) by requiring very little money to start. Once partnership is established, the community will be willing to fund needed services. This approach, though it is no panacea and must overcome bureaucratic inertia, offers a real chance of success. (MCG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Education (New Orleans, LA, October 1983).