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Fall 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 4

Findings from the City of Big Shoulders

Younger Students Learn More in Charter Schools


Libertarian Liberals

When the left was (sometimes) right

By David Skinner  
Uncategorized  

Broken on the Court

Two worlds collided today. Fortunately, only a stereotype broke during the impact. I teach at the only all-girl middle school in Oakland, California, Julia Morgan School for Girls. And today, during Monday morning assembly, the girls listened to the only all-boy choir from the only all-boy middle school in Oakland, Pacific Boychoir Academy. Boy bands […]

By IAN EARLE  
Features, School Life  

Book Alert

Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe about Our Schools—And Why It Isn’t So. Jay P. Greene, with Greg Forster and Marcus A. Winters. Foreword by James Q. Wilson. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.) Buried within this book is a powerful if familiar argument: the American education system is worse than we […]

By Education Next  
Alerts, Books  

The Scream! Does Children’s Literature Have to Be Scary?

Welcome to Lizard Motel:  Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up By Barbara Feinberg Beacon Press, 2004. $23, 265 pages. Reviewed by Diane Ravitch Barbara Feinberg contends that most of the young adult novels that teachers assign to teenagers are dreary, depressing, and didactic. Rather than encouraging impressionable students to read more, these […]

By DIANE RAVITCH  
Features  

God: Another Four-Letter Word?

Does God Belong in Public Schools? By Kent Greenawalt Princeton University Press, 2005, $29.95; 261 pages. Between Memory and Vision: The Case for Faith-Based Schooling By Steven C. Vryhof Foreword by Charles Glenn William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004, $22.00; 181 pages. Reviewed by Nathan Glazer These are two very different books on the role […]

By NATHAN GLAZER  
Features  

Getting the Right Principals

Educating principals; unflagging the SATs; charter schools; more Mel Levine; the inequity of adequacy

By Education Next  
Correspondence  

Looking in the Wrong Place

As the proverbial story goes, a drunk, when asked where he had lost his keys, pointed off in the darkness, far from the lamppost under which he was searching. “But the light’s better here,” he explained. So it is with the new federal study of charter schools. That study plans to look at 50 middle […]


NEA Sues over NCLB

The bucks are big, but the case is weak

By JOHN R. MUNICH and ROCCO E. TESTANI  
Features  

Pseudo-Science and a Sound Basic Education

Checked: “The New York Adequacy Study: Determining the Cost of Providing All Children in New York an Adequate Education,” American Institutes for Research and Management Analysis and Planning (March 2004). “Resource Adequacy Study for the New York State Commission on Education Reform,” Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Service (March 2004). “Report and Recommendations of the […]


Results from the Tar Heel State

Older Students Did Better When in Regular Public Schools

By ROBERT BIFULCO and HELEN F. LADD  
Research  

The New Philanthropists

Last February, in a speech in Washington, D.C. that drew 45 of the nation’s governors as well as a hefty sample of the nation’s education policy elite, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates issued a jeremiad on the state of the American high school, arguing that this venerable institution is obsolete and a threat to the nation’s […]


Private Schools for the Poor

The accepted wisdom is that private schools serve the privileged; everyone else, especially the poor, requires public school. The poor, so this logic goes, need government assistance if they are to get a good education, which helps explain why, in the United States, many school choice enthusiasts believe that the only way the poor can […]

By JAMES TOOLEY  
Features, International, On Top of the News  

On the Positive Side

Bloomberg and Klein Seek to Repair a Failure Factory

By Joe Williams  
Forum  

A Negative Assessment

An Education Revolution That Never Was

By SOL STERN  
Forum  

An Education Mayor Takes Charge

The Picture in New York

By Education Next  
Features, Forum  

A Tribute to John Walton

At the edge of a fault line between two tectonic plates, the Grand Teton towers some five thousand feet over Jackson Hole below. There, near his beloved family home, John Walton, a risk-taker of the kind seldom witnessed within the world of large-scale philanthropy, died tragically on June 27, 2005, while flying a small, experimental […]

By Education Next  
From the Editor  

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