CONTENTS:- Preface 1. Schooling. 2. The design and the clientele of public and private schools. 3. Success outcomes of schooling. 4. Process of decline in Educational Standards. 5. Standards-By what Criteria? 6. Educational standards: A view. 7. Educational standards of private and public schools. 8. Collective bargaining with educational standards. 9. Electronic technologies and the learning process. 10. Educational standards and the technological university. 11. The quest for reason amidst the Rhetoric of reform: Improving instead of testing our schools. 12. Schools, Families and communities.
The discussion of educational excellence is not new in India. In fact after the report of the Kothari education commission of 1964-66, suggestions were offered by educational authorities to bring qualitative changes in education. Much of it is believed that it is time for Indians to commit permanently to a system of public education that works effectively. It had happened in America also when Russian education was considered better designed in the 1950's. Historically, the policy choice of American education was that of the common school with attendance based on residence. It was a choice against these functional communities that were regarded as divisive of the social fabric. It was a choice against school organized along social class lines. The concept of educational standards has gained currency in American schools. The Americans by reforming the school curricula after the Russian sputniks, were sent in the space, have been successful in improving the standards of their schools. It is hoped that the lessons learnt from American schools in improving the standards of education, will go a long way in influencing the Indian schools.