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The Impact of School Choice and Community: In the Interest of Families and Schools


reviewed by Charles L. Glenn 1997

coverTitle: The Impact of School Choice and Community: In the Interest of Families and Schools
Author(s): Claire Smrekar
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791426149, Pages: 204, Year: 1995
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Fundamental to the case for allowing parents–and teachers–to choose is a belief that schools can be distinctive in ways that do not simply reflect the social class of their pupils or the resources provided, and that such distinctiveness can be of educational value. If effective schools are characterized by clearly defined missions, and if the professionalization of teaching requires that teachers be allowed to make important decisions about how to educate (as the 1986 Carnegie Report A Nation Prepared urged), then it seems to follow that effective schools will come to differ through a school-level process of mission-definition. If the school is freely chosen by parents, there is all the more scope to differ from other schools. Not a great deal has been written about how schools become distinctive through the process of parental choice, or even about the dimensions of school distinctiveness. There is of course an extensive literature describing bad schools, especially those in the inner city; the intention of these studies, by and large,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 4, 1997, p. 749-751
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9643, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:36:27 PM

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