Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership


Today, public confidence in our educational system has eroded to a very low level. Many people do not believe that education in America serves its purpose. Some believe American education leaves vast room for improvement. Like any other service-orientated entity, schools are constantly battling dilemmas like budget-cutting, scandals of mismanagement, and tales of political cronyism. Success stories, especially in public education, seem to be the exception rather than the rule. This is evidenced as parents flock to place their children in institutions publicized as being above the norm. Endless news reports of declining test scores and higher illiteracy rates often contribute to negative public sentiment. Reports like these illustrate a need within the profession to police itself and establish uniform criteria for teacher certification.


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for a Masters of Arts Degree in Secondary Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Paulus R. West December 5, 1991