The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance. This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made. • 30 brief, signed chapters are organized in 10 thematic parts in one volume available in a choice of electronic or print formats designed to enable quick access to basic information. • Selective boxes enrich and support the narrative chapters with case examples of effective leadership in action. • Chapters conclude with bibliographic endnotes and references to further readings to guide students to more in-depth presentations in other published sources. • Back matter includes an annotated listing of organizations, associations, and journals focused on educational leadership and administration and a detailed index. This reference guide will serve as a vital source of knowledge to any students pursuing an education degree as well as for individuals interested in the subject matter that do not have a strong foundation of the topic.
Chapter 18: A Free Public Education for All: Rediscovering the Promise
A Free Public Education for All: Rediscovering the Promise
Sam Houston State University
Since the middle of the 20th century, public schools have been under attack. The attackers come from all fronts: from corporate America to the religious right, to individuals who have their own political agendas. The public schools are in a crisis, we are told. American public education does not deserve the criticisms most often leveled at it (Brown, 2012). This chapter deals with misconceptions about U.S. public schools, the reasons for the achievement gap between high- and low-performing groups of students in public schools, the views behind the school choice movement, and why that movement raises concerns.