ERIC Number: ED323327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Investing in Our Future. The Imperatives of Education Reform and the Role of Business.
Amster, Jeanne; And Others
Since 1983, two waves of reform and analysis have swept through education in the United States. The literature from these reform efforts has probed some of the more complex reasons for the lack of achievement of the education system and called for many often-unrelated changes. However, the literature has not offered a cogent and integrated agenda for reforming education. In order to offer a plan to restructure the system as a whole rather than to tinker with single issues, the Aspen Institute convened two groups of educators, business representatives, and civic leaders in March and May 1989 to discuss the condition of and reform in education. These groups and three later groups of business leaders arrived at a consensus on the need for the following items: (1) clear and compelling national goals for public education; (2) sensible assessment of individual schools against local expressions of national goals; (3) a fundamental restructuring of the education system at all levels, usually including site-based management, a reaffirmation of the academic purpose of schooling, and an acknowledgment of a reasonable role of the school site for the delivery of social services to school-age children and their families; (4) business involvement in the development and sustenance of long-term, broad-based education reform coalitions at the community, state, and national levels; (5) harnessing technology for improving teaching, learning, and administration; (6) a commitment to improving the educational outcomes for all children, particularly for those children most at risk; and (7) strengthening and empowering teachers and school leaders. (KC)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government Role, High Risk Students, Outcomes of Education, School Business Relationship
Publications Office, Aspen Institute, Wye Center, P.O. Box 222, Queenstown, MD 21658.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.