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ERIC Number: ED314547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring American Schools: The Promise and the Pitfalls. Conference Paper No. 10.
McDonnell, Lorraine M.
Poor educational performance and the changing nature of work and workers have prompted calls for a major restructuring of American schools. The following broad categories of restructuring options are discussed and supporting research is reviewed: (1) decentralizing authority over schooling through school-based management, more professional teaching conditions, and greater parental choice; (2) holding schools more accountable; (3) altering the process and content of classroom instruction; and (4) strengthening the links between schools and the larger community, particularly with business and various social service networks. The following major problems with restructuring are discussed: (1) the connection between the problems of poor educational performance and a changing economy, and the solutions embodied in different restructuring proposals are not always clear or well-articulated; (2) the causes of the problems with the educational system have yet to be definitively identified; (3) very little attention has been given to the costs of various restructuring options or to the new investments in capacity-building that would be needed; and (4) changes in authority over key educational decisions raise normative questions about the governance of public education and which values should prevail. A list of 102 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. on Education and the Economy.