ERIC Number: ED440463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-8
Scenarios for Leadership and Abandonment in the Transformation of Schools.
Caldwell, Brian J.
This paper presents three scenarios for the future of schools. In all three cases, it is the year 2020 and schools have continued along a trajectory established in the year 2000. In 2020, students have either deserted the public schools, public schools have improved, or there is no longer an institution called a "school." The article examines the ways in which decisions made by policymakers in the first five years of the century will determine which of the scenarios will prevail. Each scenario is tested against a view of "world class schools" that calls for an optimal balance of enduring values in the classical formulation of liberty, equality, and fraternity--the realization of which is dependent on two contemporary values of efficiency and economic growth. The paper discusses numerous key issues: public policy; complexity in teachers' work; technology and the growing divide among schools; the funding of public education; the impact of social transformation; the core values underpinning a global consensus on expectations for schools; leadership in transformation; innovation in curriculum, pedagogy, design, professionalism, funding, leadership, and governance; and management. It states that leadership and curriculum require some abandonment of historical practices if there is to be a true transformation of schools. (Contains 59 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (13th, Hong Kong, January 8, 2000).