Reform of Public Schools

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Rising Pressure on Public Schools to Change

Pressure on the nation's public schools to reform is mounting as their troubles increase. The traditionally slow-to-change school systems are being asked not merely to graft on innovative programs here and there but to adopt totally new approaches to the task of educating the nation's young people. The demand for fundamental change comes at a lime when many schools are almost overwhelmed by shortages of funds, student rebellions, militant teacher unionism and desegregation problems. The troubles of the schools are, in fact, spurring on reform.

The pressure for change comes from all sides—from education theorists, blue-ribbon study commissions, the makers of instructional materials, author-critics, disillusioned schoolteachers, parents and students. The last, especially, demand ...

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