ERIC Number: ED273050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Public and Private School Perspectives on Educational Reform.
Lamborn, Robert L.
This paper considers factors contributing to the perspectives on educational reform held by educators in the public and private school systems of the United States and suggests a common perspective that can be used by both parties. The paper first defends four assertions: (1) the perspectives of those debating the appropriate roles of public and private education are distorted by ignorance, misinformation, bias, and emotion; (2) this distortion of policy perspectives handicaps educators trying to serve the public; (3) differences in public and private perspectives derive more from differences in "ownership,""mission," and "perception" than from differences in philosophy, purposes, or programs; and (4) the significant common core of purposes and concerns shared by public and private education provides sufficient ground for major collaborative efforts toward educational reform. The paper then reviews the fragmentation of education into varied public and private systems and the current movement toward increasing collaboration. A rationale for collaborative effort is proposed based on meeting common needs within a pluralistic society. The paper concludes by urging further scrutiny of the proposal, a long-term promotional effort, coordinated study, development of a national plan for collaborative reform, and conscientious pursuit and modification of that plan. (PGD)
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 Catholic Educational Association (Anaheim, CA, March 31-April 3, 1986).