ERIC Number: ED449575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-9
Redefining "Good" Schools: Quality and Equity in Education. Position Paper #1.
Obiakor, Festus E.
The "good" school phenomenon has led to the deceptive self-aggrandizement of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Good schools have been poorly defined to exclude equity, and this diminishes their role in the uplift of society's culture. Schools have been viewed as good even when they fail to meet cultural, linguistic, racial, and socioeconomic needs of students. This trend must be reversed if general and special educators are to respond to current demographic changes. This paper discusses the qualities of a "good" school and uses cases to describe the good-school phenomenon. Many of these schools cannot survive external scrutiny when evaluated from multidimensional perspectives. Schools are needed to manifest human realities in a practical way, and they must be places where teachers, principals, and administrators are prepared to move beyond tradition to expose all students to life's realities. (Contains 30 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Distinguished Visiting Professor Presentation (University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, July 9, 2000).