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As we approach the twenty-first century, I believe our schools are more alienated from the realities of our world. Japan and other countries are becoming increasingly competitive economically, and soon these countries will surpass the United States by the turn of the century. Thus, instead of a "nation of leaders", we will be known as a "nation of followers." To make things bleaker, teenage crime, pregnancy, and dropout rates are rising; in addition, more and more children are coming from divorced families, and the "traditional" family that characterized the first half of this century has changed {Boyd, 1983). These types of external factors are having a major impact . on· our schools and community. If educators are to meet the challenges of society and the world today, they cannot maintain the status quo of teaching children the same way our grandparents did at the turn of the 20th century. There has to be a great upheaval in school transformation and/or school reform.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert H. Decker


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