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Schools Can Fix It

  • Teresa L. Sullivan
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Abstract

Education reform agendas have created numerous, extensive, and expensive educational policy mandates wedded to standardization, centralization, educator accountability, and privatization, foregoing any obligation to enact broader social reforms necessary to abolish economic oppression and the embedded inequities that obstruct equal access and outcomes. The current narrative shifts the social responsibilities (at unfair financial burdens) to schools by both legislating health and welfare supports to schools and cutting social programs previously intended to provide necessary provisioning and sustenance to those in need. The increased social, emotional, health, and welfare responsibilities given to schools is not only a weak attempt at maintaining a social contract for the public good; it is also an incredible obstacle to the achievement of the academic agenda of which schools are measured against.

Keywords

Accountability Welfare Academic agenda School standardization Private school 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa L. Sullivan
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  1. 1.PlymouthUSA

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