ERIC Number: ED357490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Education Policy for the 1980s and Beyond: A National Perspective. Education Policy Studies Occasional Papers. EPS 83, No. 5.
Doyle, Denis P.
The quality of elementary and secondary education was the most important issue for the American public in the 1980s. The nation's economic health, social well-being, political viability, and international standing depend to a great degree on the success of our education system. As well as ensuring equal opportunity for all Americans, schools help provide students with the skills needed in a knowledge-based society. Two institutional barriers exist to improving the education system: the beliefs that education should not be political, and that education is a science. Education is necessarily political. Many of the conflicts in education result from a mistaken belief that modernist changes to education are technical rather than political. Education must be guided by deeper purposes: conservativism, liberty, discipline, continued learning, and individual development. The other major barrier to education improvement is the belief that education is a science, and not an art. Treating education as a science has led to the institutionalization of the suspension of judgment at the lower levels. More money is not the solution to educational excellence; reallocation of money is. The federal government must provide support and guidance for the research and analytical activities of individual schools and states. (Contains 39 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.