ERIC Number: ED528483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Revisiting the Agenda on Reforming American Urban Schools: A Distant Odd Reality of Lake Wobegon School District
Takona, James P.
An ever growing thirst for a framework that supports a flexible environment in which the schools and school districts are protected within a zone that recognizes school reform is everyone's business. Moreover, the teacher's role as a leader in her classroom and among her peers must become a part of the search for a culture of success. This article offers a reformist perspective to the school reform efforts where alternative models to address the expectations of Title I must be considered. Borrowing from a Garrison Keillor satire of the possibility of a successful school district, the author offers a discussion on school reform effort components and concludes with the observation that school districts with a profile of Lake Wobegon do not exist. To that end, the more appropriate approach to school reform is a discovery of a common standard and is precisely promulgated through federal and state policies that buy into a place of recognizing and rewarding success.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, Models, Teacher Role, Leaders, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Educational Improvement, Professional Development, Disadvantaged Schools, Educationally Disadvantaged, Minority Group Children, Public Schools, Educational Attainment, Parent Background
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001