Policy Effectiveness in Education: An American Inquiry (Donald Warren教授)
Professor Donald Warren
(School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington)
Federal education policy in the United States has taken unprecedented directions over the past decade. Historically, it has exerted only minor influence on funding, state and local policy, faculty and teacher quality, and certainly on curriculum and program requirements. In recent years, however, federal actions have posed direct challenges to the long standing American tradition of local and state control over public schools and universities. The best known, and most hotly debated, example of the change is the federal law popularly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act. The speech will consider why the law has stimulated such strong opposition and what the reactions portend for federal education policy in general. Two issues have risen to the surface of public discourse: 1) How do we know whether a policy is effective (and what the range of outcomes may be)? 2) Can the United States, with its diverse population of social classes and minorities and currently faltering economy, promote more inclusive educational opportunity and high standards of student academic achievement simultaneously?
Dr. Donald Warren is a professor Emeritus of history of education and policy at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington. As a distinguished scholar, he was the former University Dean of Education, Indiana University. His extensive publications include the widely cited edited book, History, education, and public policy: Recovering the American educational past (Berkeley: McCutchan Publishing Corp., 1978) and so on.