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Fall 2002 / Vol. 2, No. 3

The Accreditation Game

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (known broadly as NCATE, pronounced “en kate”) was launched in 1954 by a coalition of professional organizations from across the education community. Previously, teacher-training programs had been accredited by states, regional accrediting bodies, or an association of teacher colleges, each equipped with its own benchmarks and methods […]

By SANDRA VERGARI &  
Features, Teachers and Teaching  

Education and the Economy

For more than three decades, the United States has been scoring below the international average among participating nations on tests of math and science achievement. Again and again, civic leaders have pointed to this fact when warning that a crisis in American education may imperil continued growth in economic productivity. Yet after two decades of […]

By Education Next  
Forum  

Full Court Press

Photograph courtesy of Howard Fuller. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, if you were a black basketball player in Milwaukee and thought you “had game,” there were two playgrounds to establish your credentials: Franklin Square and Lapham Park. I spent many hours on both courts. Although there are new playgrounds today, the tradition continues. I […]

By HOWARD FULLER  
Features  

Women’s Work

Kingdom of Children

Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement

by Mitchell L. Stevens

By PAUL T. HILL  
Books, Reviews  

Choice Words

Catholic Schools: Private and Social Effects Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, $100; 160 pages By William Sander The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools Brookings Institution, 2002, $28.95; 275 pages By William G. Howell and Paul Peterson, with Patrick J. Wolf and David E. Campbell As reviewed by R. Kenneth Godwin The advantage of reading The Education Gap and Catholic Schools together is in […]

By R. KENNETH GODWIN & JOHN E. COONS  
Books, Reviews  

New American Schools; bullying and school violence

New American Schools; bullying and school violence

By Education next  
Features  

Credible Cassandras

High-school graduation rates are slipping? Can this be? Or is Chicken Little at it again? After rising for more than 100 years, reports Duncan Chaplin in our lead feature “Tassels on the Cheap,” graduation rates started to slip during the 1970s. By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points […]

By the editors  
From the Editor  

Dodging the Questions

Somehow I expected more. When I challenged Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup’s claim that they had discovered a “significant decline” in voucher support, I figured they would respond with detailed justifications of their procedures and findings. But they haven’t done that. Their response reads more like an exercise in public relations than a serious […]


Responsible Polling

The issue that Terry Moe raises in his article “Cooking the Questions” in the Spring 2002 issue of Education Next concerns Phi Delta Kappa’s interpretations of findings from the 2001 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward education. In a press release, Phi Delta Kappa concluded, “It is clear that the decade of […]

By LOWELL C. ROSE & ALEC M. GALLUP  
Features  

Quantity over Quality

Ever-declining class sizes and teachers’ dwindling pay have a common explanation: the increasing price of skilled labor

By DARIUS LAKDAWALLA  
Research  

Learning English

New evidence on the effectiveness of bilingual education

By JOSEPH M. GUZMAN  
Features  

Unruly Crew

Federal legislation can move the states quite far, even if they don’t ally comply with the letter of the law.

By MICHAEL COHEN  
Features  

The Virtues of Randomness

Illustration by Craig Frazier. The principle that social interventions ought to be evaluated has a long pedigree. Eager readers of the Muquadimah know that Ibn Khaldun considered competing explanations for the success of Arab regimes in the 13th century. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale reproved the English Parliament for failing to weigh seriously the […]

By ROBERT BORUCH  
Features  

Educational Jujitsu

Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos. In their continuing efforts to extract more school spending from state legislatures through the courts, advocacy groups recently acquired a powerful new weapon: the standards movement. Their success provides yet another example of the law of unintended consequences. Recently, plaintiffs in two prominent cases, in New York and North Carolina, successfully […]

By MICHAEL HEISE  
Features  

Tassels on the Cheap

Illustration by John Weber. For more than a century the Department of Education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year. A statistic called the “degree ratio” can readily be calculated by combining these data with population figures from the U.S. Census. The degree ratio is the number of high-school diplomas […]

By DUNCAN CHAPLIN  
Features  

Barren Land

During the past four decades, poor countries worldwide have experienced a massive expansion of education. But the global mandarins who thought education would lead to surging economies have been sorely disappointed

By William Easterly  
Forum  

The Seeds of Growth

The United States became the world’s economic superpower over the course of the 20th century. But can today’s education system be counted on to fertilize growth in the future?


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