ERIC Number: ED257183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Reports Concerning Education, or The Road to Nirvana: You Can't Get There from Here.
Recent commission and task force reports calling for educational improvement may carry more weight than their content deserves because of their sources. The findings of these commissions vary since each commission has its own concept of education, its own political purposes, and its own sources of data. Still, their general recommendations stress similar themes common to periods of conservatism. The reports can help identify weaknesses and focus public concern, but fail to offer practical information on change implementation. The reports also tend to disregard research on educational change, in some cases promulgating inappropriate recommendations and in others leaving state and local agencies without appropriate guidelines. The recommendations provided fall into three categories: ideas known to be good but difficult to implement, ideas that are practical but prohibitively expensive, and appealing but empty statements. The reports have led to substantial activity by state legislatures, the impact of which may prove insignificant or even negative. Automatic acceptance of the recommendations may lead to implementation of unsuitable policies, disregard for negative consequences, creation of the illusion of change, the derailing of existing improvement efforts, the loss of gains made in other educational areas, and the inappropriate channeling of scarce energy and resources. (PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: NETWORK, Inc., Andover, MA.