ERIC Number: ED416562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Articles of Faith & Hope for Public Education.
Houston, Paul D.
America's common schools are at a crossroads. This collection of speeches, articles and columns, written by the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), between 1994-1997, addresses many of the issues today. The overriding theme is the need to preserve common schools, which are presented as the key instrument for preserving democracy. Many of the articles address public perceptions of public education and how many times these perceptions do not reflect reality. The various ideas include: the world's respect for American education; rising SAT scores; the important role of school management; the mistaken intent of many reform policies; competition of public schools from private schools; the downside of block grants; how to use data and dialogue to correct misperceptions of public education; the importance of leadership in education; the growth of rural schools; the demands in public finance; the needs of students; the need for teamwork; at-risk children; the role of school standards; the importance of students in solving problems; the challenges facing high-poverty districts; the need to look at achievement rather than scores; the goals for public education; and the importance of allowing the public to participate in school decisions. (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrators, Change Strategies, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, School Administration
AASA Distribution Center (call: 1-888-782-2272, or in Maryland, 1-301-617-7802; cite stock no. 716).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.