ERIC Number: ED257702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Retreat from Equity in American Education.
Best, John Hardin
Evidence is overwhelming that in spite of our rhetoric of equality of opportunity, American schools have endorsed and promoted the children of advantage and restrained and discouraged those of disadvantage. Our rhetoric of equality of opportunity, our American dream, is at stake. This concern is reflected fundamentally in the current national reports on education. At risk in the decline of America's schools is our leadership in technology and production, our economic prosperity, the loss of military security abroad, and the disintegration of civil and social order at home. The burden placed on the schools is staggering in that the health and well-being of the whole society seems to rest on their success or failure. The failure of our schools will mean the end of our vision of achieving the just society. Americans need to examine what a society such as ours means by a standard of excellence in schooling. We need to consider the social ideas that we hold for ourselves, the standard of equity that we have always maintained to be important to our society's well-being in relation to our ideas of excellence. Above all, American society must stem the tide of our retreat from equity. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (26th, Washington, DC, March 5-9, 1985). Drawn from an extended work entitled "Reforming America's Schools: The High Risks of Failure," Teachers College Record; v86 n2 Winter 1984.