ERIC Number: ED346590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Community Collaboration and the Restructuring of Schools.
Stone, Calvin; Wehlage, Gary
It is recognized that the character of American society is changing. Schools face a difficult set of conditions as they attempt to respond to the challenge of increasing the academic achievement of America's multicultural children. A number of proposals have advocated collaboration between human services and schools to provide a more systematic response to the problems of poverty, poor housing, family instability, and health that undermine the ability and willingness of young people to become educated. In addition, school/private-sector collaboration has been urged. This paper presents a conception of collaboration that argues that greater comprehensiveness, coordination, and efficiency of human service delivery are not sufficient to respond to the problems of disadvantaged youth, nor to the needs of the larger society that wants a more competent work force. A broader and theoretically more powerful conception is of collaboration that includes parents and the private sector as well as human services. Explored is collaboration aimed at building "social capital" for youth and their families. A view of collaboration that builds a new moral and political commitment to a "social contract" with youth that explicitly links school achievement to employment and higher education opportunities is given. (37 references) (RR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.