ERIC Number: ED409648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
In the Image of the Great Society: Reinventing K-12 Education in the Clinton Administration. Hudson Briefing Paper, No. 174.
Manno, Bruno V.
This policy paper, by a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy and Planning, argues that President Clinton and the previous "education Congress" designed a top-down strategy reminiscent of the Great Society programs in the 1960s to reform America's school systems. The resultant educational legislation has occurred at a time when public trust in the federal government is very low. In particular, the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" and the "Improving America's Schools Act" (HR 6) will remove control from education consumers and elected officials and impose bureaucratic control by "education experts" who will shift the focus from academic performance and accountability (outputs) to "equitable" distribution of resources (inputs). True education reform can only be accomplished at the state and local levels and with emphasis on high academic standards and tests that measure mastery of core subjects. To achieve real education reform, three things must happen: (1) restore local control and undo the worst damage; (2) send programs home; and (3) eliminate the Department of Education. The appendix highlights the "10 worst ideas" in HR 6. (Contains 43 endnotes.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Bureaucracy, Centralization, Conservatism, Decentralization, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Politics of Education
Hudson Institute, P.O. Box 26-919, Indianapolis, IN 46226 ($1).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson Inst., Indianapolis, IN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994