ERIC Number: ED314546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring American Schools: The Promise and the Pitfalls. ERIC/CUE Digest.
McDonnell, Lorraine M.
This digest briefly reviews major approaches to restructuring American schools and evaluates their potential for improving student learning and their feasibility--politically, financially, and administratively. The following reasons for restructuring are discussed: (1) poor educational performance; and (2) the changing skills needed for today's jobs. The following restructuring options are evaluated: (1) decentralizing authority over schools, which includes school-based management, more professional teaching conditions, and school choice in public education; (2) holding schools more accountable for performance; (3) altering the content and process of classroom instruction; and (4) strengthening school-community links. Possible problems with these proposals for restructuring are identified. (JS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Decentralization, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, School Based Management, School Choice, School Community Relationship, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia Univ., New York, NY 10027.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.