ERIC Number: ED316915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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The Forgotten Dream of American Public Education.
Bullough, Robert V., Jr.
Based on observation and experience, analysis translates into a proposal for reform. Eight essays explore in personal terms several troubling educational issues undergirded by the fundamental belief that the purpose of public education is the cultivation of civic virtue. The first essay addresses the widespread loss of faith in public schooling. In the second essay, qualities are described that students are encouraged to develop through their experience of schooling. In addition, these qualities are discussed in relationship to the qualities that are needed for society to become more compassionate. A critique of commonplace assumptions that underpin the commitment to sorting and labeling comprises the third essay's topic. Questioning the assumptions that standarized tests perpetuate constitutes essay 4. Essay 5 describes current practices and issues in teacher education. Essay 6 presents an analysis of the type and quality of school knowledge and describes the promising directions for improvement. Conditions necessary for the development of creativity in the public schools is the focus of essay 7. In the concluding essay, some of the metaphors used by Americans as they ponder the issues of public education are analyzed. In addition, an alternative metaphor--"school and community"--is offered as a means for thinking about public education and the public world. (JAM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, School Role, Student Role, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Iowa State University Press, Ames, IA 50010.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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