ERIC Number: ED351930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Text and Subtext: The Wayne State University President's Commission on the University and the Schools.
Magidson, David J.
This essay presents an analysis of the work of a President's Commission on the University and Schools at Wayne State University, Michigan, to uncover some of the implicit versus explicit intentions of those involved in the work of the Commission. The Commission had been charged with formulating a policy statement to be used in guiding the development of one or two model public schools in Detroit. An opening section uses a story/parable to explore questions of who is most able to get at and communicate the truth about a situation suggesting that the "experts" often are not the most able people. Three sections discussing the Commission's work follow. The first presents the vision of the ideal school in a mission statement and specific principles of such a school. The second section presents the Commission's vision of the ideally prepared teacher articulated in a mission statement and 18 specific characteristics. The third section looks at the form developed for the collaborative relationship between the university and the school. This section contains the discussion of what the Commission's report means and what its real intent is. A coda section discusses the University president's role in the Commission's work. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Presidents, College School Cooperation, Communication (Thought Transfer), Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mission Statements, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School Role, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.