CONTENTS:- Preface; Dropping out of secondary school; Beyond secondary school; Success in college or work; California's reform programme; A preliminary diagnosis: The California experience; Teacher education: an area for real reform; Teacher quality, student achievement and public control; A ministry of education for the United States? The problem of Accreditation; America's schools: The mission; Epilogue; A school of the future; The two theories of school reform;
The system that once had been the core of the American dream became identified as the institution most likely to lead to a national downfall. There is well justified concern about student achievement test scores that have been declining for so long that they now hover at the bottom of the scale, and about students who are semi literate and non numerate when they leave school. The questions of quality bring under scrutiny the current system of teacher education. This close examination should be welcomed by all, since there is no other way to identify and strengthen that which is good or to identify and diagnose the problems so that they can be rectified. One major set of concerns centres on the need for adequate screening procedures for teacher education candidates.