ERIC Number: EJ924012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Is Standards-Based School Reform Consistent with Schooling for Personal Liberty?
Bull, Barry L.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v25 n1-2 p61-75 Mar 2006
The purpose of this paper is to consider whether standards-based school reform is an acceptable strategy for achieving a politically legitimate school system according to a principle of personal liberty. First, it briefly describes the purpose and implementation of standards-based school reform in the U.S. It then considers the ramifications of the principle of personal liberty for the conduct of public schooling, arguing that it requires children's access to and appreciation of a variety of liberty-consistent cultures in their society coupled with the development of children's ability to think critically about those cultures and their meaning as possibilities for their own lives. Third, it considers whether some standards for public education might be consistent with this purpose of education and finds that certain outcome and process standards may be appropriate. Finally, it considers whether these kinds of standards are included in standards-based reform as it is currently practiced or proposed in the U.S. and concludes that they are not.
Descriptors: Public Education, Outcome Based Education, Academic Standards, School Restructuring, Critical Thinking, Freedom, Personal Autonomy, Educational Change, Role of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States