Authority and Responsibility in Public Schooling
by Donna H. Kerr - 1987
The motivating question of this chapter is, At what levels in schooling's hierarchy should what decisions be made and what actions taken? After a brief sketch of schooling's decision structure, we will address four prior questions, answers to which are necessary to deciding who should be doing what regarding the schools: (1) What should be the primary or guiding task of schooling? (2) Who should bear the responsibility for maintaining the conditions of formal education? (3) To whom should the authority for educating be delegated? and (4) In educating, what should be the responsibilities of the teachers? Responses to these questions suggest a framework of authority and responsibility within which proposals for school improvement can be more appropriately and more effectively placed.
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