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ERIC Number: ED360746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 34
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Making Education Accountable to the Marketplace: What Can Be Learned from Cross-National Comparisons between the United States and the United Kingdom?
Maddaus, John
President Bush's America 2000 strategy, like the Education Reform Act of 1988 adopted by Prime Minister Thatcher's government in the United Kingdom, seeks to make education accountable to the marketplace. Both programs promote school choice, site-based management, and national control of curriculum and assessment. British studies have shown that academic standards are not a top priority in parental decision making and that parents tend to choose schools in relatively homogeneous areas. Another potential problem is that choice may be used as a kind of sorting process that indirectly screens out less advantaged students. Although school choice and site-based management imply greater individual freedom, national control of the curriculum is an attempt to direct the choice of parents and educators toward the achievement of national economic goals. Carefully designed choice programs should be evaluated and modified to avoid harm and increase benefits, especially for the least advantaged members of society. (Contains 46 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales); United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Reform Act 1988 (England)