How can one judge the goodness of anything without having a sensible notion of what good is?
So, I was asked to edit an edition of an international journal and I said I would accept if the them of the issue was the goals that define good education. The general editor agreed. Attached is the call for papers for the edition I am editing. I am not looking for the typical research paper but, rather, the goals of education that should define good outcomes in the research. Did a methodology work? Well, what meaningful goals did it help to achieve. Some balking already but here is the revised call with an extended deadline. You do not have to be a university professor to submit but do know that university “quality” work only will be reviewed (yipes).
The call:

The deadline for REPAM’s special issue proposals has been extended and the scope of the special issue has also been slightly expanded.

Special Issue Theme: Defining meaningful goals and establishing effective strategies to prepare students for life as citizens in a challenging world

Editor:   Stephen K. Lafer

University of Nevada- Reno, USA

Research in Educational Policy and Management (REPAM / is an international, open access and peer-reviewed journal. This special issue will focus on the goals and strategies that educators should be working to achieve and the discussion of viable outcomes for successful efforts to improve schools, school systems, and educational policy and practices in general.

The historical roots and political motivation for educational goals in societies are worth of deep exploration as well as critiques of goals such as those by members of school boards in the United States who have often rejected proposals for goals and companion curricula that contain elements that some, sometimes a relative few, find to be against their patriotic and religion inspired notions of what constitutes proper education.

In this special issue, the papers will focus on the viable and meaningful goals, and effective strategies to achieve them, for schools and instructional practice that can be justified in terms of how they enhance the lives of students and prepare them for life as citizens of the world. The papers can propose goals and offer justification for them through presentation of good evidence and proper reasoning. They can assess in place goals that the writer understands to be good ones or critiques of goals that should be abandoned because they do not serve well students or society.

The discussion that is the intended purpose of this special issue requires think pieces rather than reports. However, papers reporting the findings of original research will also be welcome. Papers will be accepted for the goodness of the description of goals and strategies considered, the quality of analysis of goals discussed in regard to their value for the good society and positive growth of individuals as individuals and citizens of their societies and citizens of the world.

Papers length: 2500 to 8000 words, including references.

Author guidelines  to prepare your manuscript: Please refer to

Publication fee information:  Articles published in this special issue are exempt from the Article Processing Charge. The submission, assessment and publication of the articles will be totally free of charge.

Timeline: Papers must be submitted to Dr. Stephen Lafer via email at by December 31, 2021. Publication: April 1, 2022.

Important note: Due to a technical problem, the data on proposals sent by email to Dr. Stephen Lafer before 20 June 2021 has been lost. We strongly urge those submitting proposals before 20 June 2021 to contact Dr. Stephen Lafer at

By lafered

Retired professor of education concerned with thoughtfulness

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