ERIC Number: ED301353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The School as Locus of Advocacy for All Children.
Shedlin, Allan, Jr.; And Others
Because the American elementary school was designed for a society that no longer exists and is generally unresponsive to current societal realities affecting children and their families, the Elementary School Center proposes a new concept of the elementary school as the locus of advocacy for all children. Also proposed is the development of a series of models to illustrate ways in which schools and communities can begin to redirect their resources to implement child advocacy. The Center's plans involve four major goals: (1) stimulating and guiding a national dialogue on the issues and specifics of the new concept; (2) articulating children's fundamental needs and rights and child advocacy principles; (3) delineating a series of systematic approaches, processes, and models expressing the concept of school as child advocate; and (4) developing a community needs assessment instrument and planning handbook as a resource for communities to use in restructuring their schools to the requisites of the new role. It is believed that vigorous discussion of the issues will raise the national consciousness and lead to fundamental changes in planning for children. It is also believed that those changes will have far-reaching implications requiring systemic changes in schools as they are presently known. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Educational Change, Educational Development, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, School Role, Social Action, Social Change
Elementary School Center, 2 East 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029 ($7.00; 10% discount on 20 or more copies).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Elementary School Center, New York, NY.