Not Alone: Outside in Thinking
Schools need not be alone in accomplishing their educational mission, despite the fact that our traditional linear view places them in that position. Changing our conception of the schools, however, requires a fundamental shift in the paradigm or model through which we view schools and their activities, as well as a shift in the dynamics of the relevant systems. As has been suggested in earlier chapters, this new paradigm involves a wholly different set of assumptions about schools than are traditional.
The first new assumption is that schools are not alone responsible for education: education is fundamentally a responsibility that is shared among the important institutions that constitute society. These institutions include the families and communities, businesses and other employers, governmental agencies, educational organizations including governance bodies for schools, institutions of higher education, especially those that educate teachers, human service organizations, health care organizations, and churches and other values-framing institutions.
Conceptually, we can think of schools as the center of the spider's web of influences identified in the previous chapter. The strands together determine how strong and sturdy the web will be in accomplishing its task;____________________