ERIC Number: EJ732870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Unsettling the State--How "Demand" Challenges the Education System in the US
European Journal of Education, v41 n1 p13-27 Mar 2006
"Demand" in the education system has traditionally been articulated almost entirely in terms of access to more, better, and higher-status opportunities within the traditional public school system, rather than for alternatives to the standardised, highly-regulated opportunities provided by the state. This is changing, in the U.S. and elsewhere, as households and groups increasingly articulate demands that cannot easily be accommodated by the existing system. These new demands include calls for schooling that more fully reflects the linguistic, religious, or cultural preferences of specific communities. They represent a fundamental challenge to the assumption of collective interests pursued through public institutions that underlie contemporary public school systems. This article explores the character of this challenge and presents an assessment of the ways in which the U.S. education system is changing in its response.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Demand, School Districts, Educational Change, Conflict of Interest, Classification, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States