Successful foreign competition is challenging America economically, and a possibly permanent underclass is causing continued urban crisis. The problem is not students, teachers, parents, or even drugs -- but whether our schools and other public services are well managed and performing successfully. The solution is not welfare, prisons, deficits, or federal troops -- but effective schools and public services, through the application of management that made America's national democracy, agriculture, and industry models for the rest of the world.
The public management revolution beginning in schools is the foundation we need for America's future. Here is a positive solution to drive forward America's progress and success into the twenty-first century -- with improved school performance. To reduce school failure and urban decline, eliminate national deficits and the underclass, support civil rights and urban renewal, we need more than well-managed businesses and farms. We must also have well-managed public services. Public service reform is as important for our future as the American Revolution and the agricultural and industrial revolutions that followed it were for our history; it is as exciting as the democratic revolutions now reaching Eastern Europe and the agricultural and industrial revolutions still ahead for underdeveloped countries around the world.
This is the first generation to witness the potential end of America's progress and success. Positive school reform -- the public management revolution beginning in America's schools -- is the solution. The system of participative and results-oriented management described in this book draws on the best of America's traditions -- our history of democratic, pragmatic, and progressive ideas leading to improved performance of