Academic journal article High School Journal

From the Editorial Board

Academic journal article High School Journal

From the Editorial Board

Article excerpt

This issue marks an historic turning point for The High School Journal. For 90 years, HSJ has operated as a project of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Last summer, faculty in the school voted to hand leadership and management of the journal over to students in the Culture, Curriculum, and Change Ph.D. program. Nine of us answered the call to guide the journal into a new era and have been working over the past six months to reconceptualize and restructure HSJ as it nears its 100-year anniversary.

When our new editorial staff and editorial board met for the first time in September, we debated what exactly we hoped the journal would be and represent. It seemed clear that in order to stay true to HSJ's original mission to report on the state of secondary education, we would need to define what issues were of greatest concern to those involved in the field. All of us are former classroom teachers currently engaged in a program of study that emphasizes the role of education in changing and shaping our culture and society. As a result, we easily developed a litany of topics we felt are in need of further exploration and debate in the area of secondary education.

Throughout the fall, our biggest struggle surprisingly was the creation of the mission statement, our articulation of what the focus of the journal would be. We found that we had more questions than answers about what matters in secondary education and therefore to the readers of our journal. One theme consistently emerged during our discussions--high schools have become increasingly isolated and decontextualized from the world around them. We realized that our primary goal as a journal should be creating a space to problemitize this decontextualization, to challenge the way in which society attempts to understand and reform secondary education without adequately addressing its interactions with and place in the world. …

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