ERIC Number: ED448507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Public Education in the New Millennium: A Handbook for Parents and Educators on How To Save Our Schools and Prevent Violence, Drug Abuse and Other Human Disasters.
Magill, John F., Jr.; Magill, Kathryn L.
This handbook suggests that public schools should be reformed in fundamental ways. It outlines the structure of public schools, focusing on administrative units, school boards, administrators, the "mini-laws" that govern the school society, and the three R's of the student: responsibility, respect, and reward. The book emphasizes the importance of teachers in any school reform and outlines ideas on teacher training and inservice and the educational team as a whole. It discusses the public-school curriculum, verbal skills, math skills, the desired outcomes for career and vocational education, preventive education, affective education, relevancy education, and flexible programs. The text features short sections on public-school financing and equalization of aid; the role of athletics, intramurals, and community recreation in education; and the need for public-school assessment. Violence, suicide, substance-abuse prevention, the consequences of failed programs, and the need to restructure schools so that they have no more than 500 students are also discussed. The guide closes with a discussion of the "Be Kind Program," which is based on the "One Rule Theory." The theory states that children need concise guidelines to succeed, rather than multiple rules posted on the classroom wall. Children are therefore taught to be kind to each other and to notice when classmates are kind. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper is the result of private research; authors constitute a non-profit program called "Family Encouragement Methods" in Millerstown, PA.