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Tasks of Education Welfare Policy for Eliminating Educational Alienation and Disparity

In Hee Kim 1

1한국교원대학교

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ABSTRACT

Of the national strategies facing the current global economic crisis, education becomes the one of the most critical areas in the national policy being considered as social investment forming the productive and creative human capital for sustainable growth and as the fundamental means for breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. Despite the effort of government and political parties for improving education welfare, the problems of educational alienation and disparity continue and rather demand more policy concern. While the policies of the government seem to actively tackle the problems, the analysis of the policy system shows some weaknesses. They are low level of communication and collaboration between institutions, programs, and services, regional disparity in the infrastructure for education welfare service and the lack of systematic effort for developing local leadership, low capacity of schools for diagnosis and provision of timely and adequate supports, unstable program budget and inefficient financial operation, insufficient understanding of teachers about education welfare, limited opportunity and inconsistency of services, deficiency of academic research on the education welfare issues, incompletion of legislation and institutionalization of education welfare policy process. On the other hand, the current policies on student achievement and school diversification seem to have some possibility of impeding the equity in education, regardless of their initial goals. This is likely to militate against the government's effort for education welfare and increase the cost of fighting against the educational alienation and disparity. In order to improve the education welfare, some policy tasks are to be carried out such as establishment of the national board of education, improvement of local education welfare system, transforming schools into welfare-friendly places, training and recruit of professionals in education welfare programs, building legal and institutional basis of education welfare projects, and testing the equity effect of education policies through systemic simulation.

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