"Resisting Educational Standards"
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This paper examines the article which addresses the issue of setting American standards. It shows how Labaree believes that Americans are repeatedly resisting standards and the principle of change. His article is based on three factors that make standards a controversial issue: a commitment to local control of schools, a commitment to expansion of educational opportunity, and a commitment to form over substance. These three factors are therefore linked together by the notion that Americans view education as a private rather than a public good.
From the Paper:"Traditionally, Americans strive towards maintaining control. Throughout the nineteenth century education was practiced locally and the community was in control of the circumstances relating to curriculum. Often, two schools would be considered a district. A large reform began in the 1930's forcing schools to merge into larger districts. Today, around 15,000 separate school districts still operate each preserving local control. They have "primary control over financing, staffing, and setting curriculum standards for our schools." (Labaree, 2000, p.29) However, steps have been taken to implement standards at a statewide level and reinforce them through state testing. Yet, this was met with resilience from the American population, consequently making the road to national standards exceedingly difficult. In the effort to maintain control Americans view educational standards as a violation of their private rights."
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