Not by Schools Alone: Sharing Responsibility for America's Education Reform

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Chapter 11
Conclusions
So what have we learned about responsibility, networks of organizations sharing that responsibility, and the problems of education? It is clear by now that there are keys to improving American schools. But as we have seen there are no simplistic or single-faceted keys. Good schools are part of a total system of interactive forces and dynamics, individuals and institutions, goals and expectations that are linked together inextricably. To improve the schools, we need to deal with the system as a whole and not just small pieces of it. We have explored in detail the importance of family and community in leveraging improvement in schools. We have seen, though largely left to others to detail, the importance of fundamentally rethinking the ways in which education is delivered, both to meet the needs of current students and their families and to enable those students to meet the demands they will face in their nation, in their lives, and in their work. We have tried to look at the system and understand the interplay of forces and their impact on students and education and to outline the ways in which schools might restructure themselves into networks that spread the responsibility for education around, so that it can be appropriately shared in society.Key elements of the system we have been exploring which may provide points of leverage for system change for the better include the following:
strong communities that support family efforts to raise their children
strong and supportive families that provide proper discipline, appropriate attitudes toward education, and support for children's educational achievement

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