ERIC Number: ED320193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of the School: Educational or Social? The Best of ERIC on Educational Management, Number 101.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
The first of 11 annotated publications on schools' growing social responsibilities examines ways for schools to help with students' changing family situations (mainly through divorce) and increase educators' sensitivity to the stigma attached to nontraditional families. The second takes issue with those using the schools "as a catchall for problem social issues and as whipping boys" for the United States' diminished economic standing. The next two publications emphasize the need for cooperation among schools and social service agencies for the benefit of children and their families. The fifth article portrays a Texas superintendent's efforts to establish a "lighted schoolhouse" to assist homeless children. H.B. Pinkney's brief article argues persuasively for more support and less criticism for schools struggling to provide expanded services. The next article recounts a Queens, New York, principal's efforts to establish an afterschool care center for kids living in welfare hotels. The two succeeding papers on the problems facing schools argue for less criticism and more cooperation. The next article, a reassessment of the progressive educational legacy, points out that turn-of-the-century reformers went way beyond "Great Society" goals to demand free lunch programs, social workers, health clinics, summer programs to serve the poor, and night school programs for adults. The last article recommends that schools cooperate with social agencies and set limits on what the community can expect of them. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Problems, Homeless People, Institutional Cooperation, School Demography, School Responsibility, Social Responsibility
Publication Sales, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 ($2.50 prepaid postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: Contains some text on colored paper.