Recently there has been a growing interest in improving the connection between school and society in general, and schools with their communities in particular. This concern comes from many sources. Employees criticise teachers as being ignorant of the world of work, and blame teachers for helping to create high school leaver unemployment by generating unrealistically high expectations in high school students. Parents too, are demanding that schools become more accountable to them in terms of the skills taught to their children. Social reformers are advocating that school teachers take more account of the ethnic sickness of the local population, and make efforts to include multicultural materials into the curriculum.
A Comparison of the School Societal Interface in Three Countries.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 4(2).