ERIC Number: ED404729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Telling the Truth about America's Public Schools.
Support for American public schools is ebbing at a time when it is needed most. This booklet outlines ways in which educators can counteract the criticisms leveled at public education and communicate its successes. It examines and presents data to refute the following charges: (1) SAT scores are falling; (2) students are taking too many "dumbed down" courses; (3) too many students drop out of school; (4) American public schools are not a good financial investment; (5) public schools fail to prepare students for the work force; and (6) businesses spend a great deal of money providing remedial education to employees. School leaders are recommended to get the facts, spread the word, disseminate stories of students' successes to the local news media, use every opportunity to talk about improving student achievement, and let students do the talking. Six figures are included. (Contains 15 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Dropout Rate, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Expenditures, Labor Force Development, Public Education, Public Opinion, Public Relations, Public Schools
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209; world wide web: http://www.aasa.org (Stock No. 21-00580).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.