ERIC Number: ED293776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Taking a Chance on Parent Choice: A Feasible Approach to Ending America's Educational Messiah Complex.
Reitman, Sanford W.
This essay promotes parental free-choice in educational matters. The argument is grounded in the assumption that the individual is a social entity whose nature derives from his or her bio-social rootedness in integrative cultural community. The only feasible means of eradicating the widespread phenomenon of "educational messianism" and restoring a sense of effective civic pride is by making selection of schooling a matter of parental preference. The "Educational Messiah Complex" is defined as the over-dependency of U.S. citizens to rely on the school to solve all social problems. Members of the cultural community need to confront their collective problems instead of delegating them to teachers. Reducing U.S. over-dependency on school systems will come when parents secure the right to send their children to schools of their own choice. This would stimulate teachers and administrators to open their own schools, and both public and private schools would benefit by the greater cooperation of parents who enrolled their children voluntarily in the school. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (Chicago, IL, November 4-8, 1987).