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ERIC Number: ED265087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 19
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Democratic School Reform and the Social Studies.
Berlak, Harold
The school reform movement which has accelerated over the last two years provides a point of departure for this discussion of where educators stand today in the battle to preserve and strengthen the public schools and of directions that need to be taken toward democratic school reform, particularly in the social studies. Much of the discussion is based on recommendations made in a recent report, "Equity and Excellence: Toward an Agenda for School Reform," which postulates that (1) considerable control has been lost over our own communities, including our schools, and (2) that many of our greatest human capacities are being wasted, with dire consequences for economic and social well-being. Curricular, pedagogical, and structural challenges in social studies education are discussed, followed by a call for greater collaboration and cooperation among communities, school and university faculties, and administrators in the form of democratic decision-making and shared responsibility. A final challenge is the need to improve the communication and exchange of information across networks, research and development centers, and the schools by building a grass roots information and resource network that serves the cause of democratic school reform. (LH)
Public Education Information Network, 7133 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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