ERIC Number: EJ814779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 26
Educational Reform in the Global City: The Case of the Quality-Schools-for-the-Poor Initiative in New York City
Shiller, Jessica T.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v1 n2 p127-134 Apr 2007
Globalization has not only created the conditions that have made such educational reforms necessary, but it has also provided market-based ideology to undergird reform efforts from Santiago to New York City. Although a neoliberal approach to education is clearly en vogue, many educators and critics nonetheless have questioned the premises behind the current reforms. Does a market-based paradigm really work to improve schools? Does it indeed improve the educational opportunities for poor families? Can a market-based approach combat social inequality? In this article, the author seeks answers to these questions through a close examination of a prototypical educational reform effort, the New Century Schools Initiative (NCSI) in the United States. Specifically, the author considers how NCSI has appeared to work in New York City, drawing upon 3 years of observations from her work as a staff developer and consultant in 15 NCSI schools. This article is not an empirical study, but a critique based upon the author's experiences.
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Global Approach, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Urban Areas, Educational Quality, Change Strategies, Social Bias, Equal Education, Poverty, Access to Education, Teacher Competencies, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Teaching Conditions, Socioeconomic Influences
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Identifiers - Location: New York