ERIC Number: ED484266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
A Practical Guide to Promoting America's Public Schools: Values, Vision and Performance
Learning First Alliance
This Practical Guide is intended to help educators and others interested in education promote the value of public education to the nation. Research and polling suggests that Americans share deeply held beliefs and values about public schools. Americans believe that one of the strengths of public schools is that they provide concrete benefits for children. Reflecting a deep belief in America as "the land of opportunity" for those who work hard and persist, Americans see public schools as the engine of individual opportunity. Public schools ensure that every child has equal access to a good education and thereby give every child the opportunity to succeed. Educators should consider additional ways to demonstrate how the values, vision and performance of schools respect and reflect the aspirations of the public. The following key messages are discussed in this guide: (1) connect the values most important to Americans--hard work, personal responsibility, and respectful behavior--to public schools; (2) describe public schools in terms of the concrete benefits they provide for individual children and society; (3) demonstrate fiscal accountability and transparency by showing how funds are spent; and (4) invite parents to be partners with schools to ensure that children succeed and offer clear expectations for how parents can support their children's education.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning First Alliance, Washington, DC.