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This think piece examines the role of community in educational reform. The paper maintains that while many scholars, business people, and politicians have advocated the creation of a community covenant--a mutually beneficial relationship between schools and their communities--such programs have never really taken hold. The paper advocates that as the reform movement develops in the 1990s, it is time to consider actively engaging students in the community. Such thinking may provide the philosophy and programs necessary to change dramatically the way schooling is done in the United States and reconnect parents, business people, and community agencies with schools for great benefit. The paper argues that in doing so, confidence can again be restored in public schools. (EH)

Descriptors: Change Strategies, Citizenship Education, Community Role, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Service Learning

Author: Shumer, Robert


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