ERIC Number: ED383074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Parental Involvement and the Political Principle: Why the Existing Governance Structure of Schools Should Be Abolished.
Sarason, Seymour B.
This book gives attention to governance structures and the allocation of power in school systems. It argues for radical changes, such as abolishing boards of education, that would give parents, teachers, and the community greater voice in educational policy decisions. For schools to change, not only must a new governance structure replace the old, it must also confront and answer the questions: Governance for what educational purpose? What should be the single, overarching purpose upon which all other purposes depend? The book begins with an explanation of the political principle, which holds that all people should have a voice in decisions that affect them. The most important ingredients are trust and respect among all involved parties. Recommendations are offered for a new governance structure at the local and state levels. Three foci of the book include: (1) the moral, conceptual, and practical significance of the political process; (2) a rationale for abolishing the existing governance structure of school systems; and (3) a discussion of what is the most important purpose by which schools should be judged. (LMI)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Higher Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Politics of Education, Power Structure
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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