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Spring 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 2

FEATURES

Honest Abe

Lincoln taught himself the three R’s and more

By WILLIAM LEE MILLER  
Features  

Out of Balance

School Choice Tradeoffs: Liberty, Equity, and Diversity by By R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer University of Texas Press, 2002, $29.95; 315 pages. America lacks a theory that would explain how its current system of public schooling could function at an acceptable level. Such a theory would describe how the several components of schooling finances, administration, curriculum, teaching, […]

By REVIEWED by JOHN E. BRANDL  
Features  

Greek Lessons

Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt by Raffaella Cribiore Princeton University Press, 2001, $39.50; 288 pages. In Rome, toward the end of the 1st century C.E., Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, an 11-year-old boy, won honorable mention in a poetry contest by improvising some 43 verses in ancient Greek on a mythological […]

By MARY LEFKOWITZ  
Features  

The Erosion Continues

In 1983, a blue-ribbon education commission appointed by Ronald Reagan’s first Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, announced that America’s “educational institutions seem to have lost sight of the basic purposes of schooling, and of the high expectations and disciplined effort needed to attain them.” In its report, A Nation at Risk, the National Commission […]

By the editors  
Features  

Lost Opportunity

Increased economic growth, fueled by improvements in student performance, might have funded the nation’s entire K–12 education budget by now


Ignoring the Market

Photograph by Stephanie Kuykendal. A Nation at Risk‘s most fatal flaw was its faith in the American education system’s ability to act on its recommendations. The authors of Risk believed that the system was mainly in need of internal reforms: tougher coursework and graduation requirements, higher and more flexible salaries for teachers, a longer school […]

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Features  

Accountability Unplugged

Illustration by Stuart Bradford. A Nation at Risk foreshadowed the modern accountability movement. While the word “accountability” never appears in Risk, its call for higher academic standards and its focus on student achievement as the main barometer of quality laid the intellectual groundwork for the rigorous curricula and tests envisioned by the promoters of standards-based […]

By HERBERT J. WALBERG  
Features, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

The Least Common Denominator

The effort to push underprepared students into academic courses has driven the rigor out of many textbooks and classrooms

By Paul Clopton and  
Curriculum, Features  


RESEARCH


FORUM

Our Schools and Our Future

Assessments of the state of American education on the 20th anniversary of the A Nation at Risk report

By the KORET TASK FORCE on K-12 education  
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Unrecognized Progress

“It is high time that we commit the full resources required to improve every school in America, so that every child is at grade level or above”

By JAMES B. HUNT JR.  
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The Long Haul

It will take prolonged effort and more than just school reforms to boost student achievement

By PATRICIA ALBJERG GRAHAM  
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