ERIC Number: ED282941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Education through Partnership.
Seeley, David S.
This book looks at the structural causes of America's present educational malaise and proposes a reconceptualization of public education policy. The United States educational system has been caught in a highly unproductive trap because education has been delegated to a government agency and allowed to be managed through a bureaucratic chain of command. Political accountability, labyrinthine organization, and professionalization have all combined to disempower the key actors: teachers, students, parents, and other community members. The author proposes a partnership model, in which education is the shared responsibility of families, of students themselves, and of other elements of the community. Although schools and school systems would remain, all roles and functions would be redefined to give priority to the interactions and motivations essential to teaching and learning. In three major sections, the book (1) criticizes the present model; (2) proposes the partnership model; and (3) applies this model to such issues as equal opportunity, community control, vouchers, school size, busing, bilingual education, minimum competency testing, sex education, and censorship. (LHW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Decentralization, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Government School Relationship, Public Education, School Community Relationship, School Responsibility, Student School Relationship
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Note: This volume is part of a three-year study of "mediating structures" directed by the author and Peter Berger.