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ERIC Number: EJ794742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Choice in P-16 Initiatives
Meyer, Rhonda
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n7 p488-492 Mar 2008
A system of PK-16 parental choice would look much more like the current situation in early education and in postsecondary education than like the system of K-12 neighborhood schools. The changes required would provide more options for a tailored or customized educational experience for each child than those now offered by the K-12 public school infrastructure. The problem with that infrastructure is not that it does not serve some children well--it does--but that it tends to treat the children as interchangeable units, rather than as individuals with unique learning needs. The system tends to work toward sustaining and expanding itself, rather than toward the success of each child. The bureaucracies associated with education are not the same as the delivery of education. In this article, the author takes a look at the current systems and considers the role parental choice plays in them. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A