ERIC Number: ED328943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reforming America's High Schools: Problems and Strategies. Proceedings of the New York Education Policy Seminar. Rockefeller Institute Conference Proceedings, Number 3.
Clark, Burton R.; Levy, Daniel C., Ed.
Inherent, interrelated, and structural biases against excellence in education that operate at the university and school levels in the American educational system are discussed in this paper. Structural constraints of the American secondary system include universal secondary education, comprehensive school organization, downward coupling, local control, and local monopoly. A limitation of higher education is its bias against teacher education. Restructuring efforts must therefore examine current institutional arrangements prior to attempting change at the individual behavioral level. An overview of Japanese education concludes that American shortcomings in secondary education are rooted in a lack of differentiation and competition. A recommendation is made to stimulate diversity through increased student tracking, comparative ranking of schools, and competition among them. Propositions for higher education include integration of teacher education into academic life and inclusion of a variety of teacher training modes. Thirty-seven notes are attached. (LMI)
Descriptors: College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Excellence in Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Free Enterprise System, High Schools, Higher Education, Organizational Objectives, Power Structure, School Restructuring, Social Structure, Teacher Education
Publications, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany, NY 12203 ($3.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. School of Education.; State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.
Note: Paper presented at the New York Education Policy Seminar (Albany, NY, 1984).