ERIC Number: ED369162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Schools at the Crossroads: Which Way to Educational Excellence?
Like many cities, Indianapolis (Indiana) is facing growing dissatisfaction over its public schools. The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) system has seen over the past decade decreasing student achievement and increasing problems over student readiness to learn, basic skills, and violence. IPS has responded with a new direction, increased parent involvement, new programs, improved management, and more partnerships. Still, there are many questions left unanswered. This guide presents four different approaches to improving schools. First, schools should identify and make better use of the materials, methods, and conditions that help students learn effectively. Second, community schools should be encouraged in which schooling is a part of a larger learning environment. Schools should be reconnected with communities and serve the greater educational needs of the communities. Third, educational equity should be ensured. A renewed commitment to equity is needed to effectively educate disadvantaged children. Fourth, schools are mediocre because no one is held responsible for achievement. Teachers, administrators, parents, and students must accept responsibility for making schools excellent. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indianapolis Adult Literacy Program, IN.