ERIC Number: ED313498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Politics of Government Efforts To Improve the Disadvantaged.
Kirst, Michael W.; Gifford, Bernard
This paper discusses the significant political advances for disadvantaged children that have been dependent upon trends and upheavals in the economy and major social or political movements. Evidence is provided which indicates that large scale U.S. government programs are rarely based on a public concern for children, but rather on a more instrumental goal such as developing skilled workers to maintain and increase the productivity and international competitiveness of the American economy. This paper focuses on federal policy throughout the last 30 years in relation to funding for disadvantaged children. The trends are tracked through changing administrations and economics. The following sections are included: (1) "The Politics of Growth: The 1960's War on Poverty"; (2) "The Incremental Gains of the 1970's"; (3) "The 1980's and Programs for the Disadvantaged"; and (4) "Looking to the Future." Evidence indicates that programs for the disadvantaged are not sufficient to overcome the problems that these children face. Recommendations are made for program revisions and unification of efforts in the fight to turn heightened political concern about the disadvantaged into political action. Three tables, one figure, and 16 references are included. (JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Stanford Centennial Conference on Accelerating Education for Disadvantaged Children (Stanford, CA, November 1988).