ERIC Number: ED420114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Charter Schools: An Avenue to Quality Education.
Uerling, Donald F.; Dlugosh, Larry L.
During the 1990s, the charter-school movement emerged as one of the more promising new ideas in education. This paper juxtaposes the charter-school concept with ideas on change theory and curriculum design. The article's purpose is to illustrate how charter schools might be a vehicle for change in education. Research shows that states have enacted charter-school legislation to achieve a variety of purposes: to encourage innovation, to promote performance-based accountability, to expand choices, and to foster innovation and change by freeing educators from unnecessary bureaucratic constraints. Such innovation is important in understanding education, particularly in light of considering the durability of the educational hierarchy over the past 100 years. It is argued that educators must recognize the difference between first-order and second- order change when defining fundamental issues. Likewise, when designing curriculum, educators must consider those characteristics that bind people together, such as individuals' capacity to recall the past and to anticipate the future. It is claimed that the charter-school movement's promise lies in its potential to alter traditional outlooks in education. (Contains 15 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Creating the Quality School (7th, Arlington, VA, March 26-28, 1998).