Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

School Reform: It Is More Than Standardized Tests!

Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

School Reform: It Is More Than Standardized Tests!

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Education in every country is primarily based on her core cultural values. These values are somewhat elusive in our country. Although there is relatively a clear comprehension of our political values, our core cultural values are interpreted and understood differently by the miscellaneous sections of our populace. Particularly with all of the political, economic, cultural and demographic changes, our society has evolved so rapidly in the last five decades that the significance of the old order is in conflict with the yet to be visible new order. This intangible nature of the core cultural values is somehow reflected in our educational policies or the lack of them.

Furthermore, especially in the last 50 years, all cries for social improvement ultimately have led to incessant calls for school reform. However, except for a few occasions, there has been very little consensus among the demands for reforms or the reformers. As William (2000) points out, this discord stems from disputes over three primary issues: who should control and have access to education, how schools should be organized, and what schools should teach. Currently, these issues, for example, dominate the disputes in the demands for the privatization of public schools, vouchers, school choice, charter schools, moral education, and character education.

In the struggle for school reform, what has been sadly ignored is the plight of many urban schools. …

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