Spring 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 2
The collective farm was a powerful educational tool
Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care by John H. McWhorter (Gotham Books) “We must have the attitude that every child in America, regardless of where they’re raised or how they’re born, can learn,” President George W. Bush once observed. The president talks funny. So do [...]
School Figures: The Data Behind the Debate
by Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa
Hoover Institution, 2003, $15; 342 pp.
California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education by Suzanne M. Wilson Yale University Press, 2003, $29.95; 320 pages. Reviewed by Ralph A. Raimi California’s “math wars,” the struggle over what is sometimes called the “new New Math,” illustrate all the ills and disagreements that have plagued American education for the past century. They have been but a [...]
The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education by Peter Brimelow HarperCollins, 2003, $24.95; 320 pages. As reviewed by George Mitchell Peter Brimelow aims high. In The Worm in the Apple, he seeks to emulate The History of Standard Oil, the legendary effort by Ida Tarbell that helped to usher [...]
It is shameful that a small minority of teachers feel the need to help their students cheat on tests. The issue says something larger about our society that is very hard to fathom and is simply unacceptable.
The value of high grading standards
New looks at the New York City evaluation
Like automotive models, women’s hemlines, and children’s toys, pedagogical fads come and go, causing an immediate stir but rarely influencing teaching practice in any significant way. The notion that every innovation dreamed up by reformers inside and outside public schools makes its way into the nation’s classrooms is popular among those hunting for reasons to [...]
New evidence on the effects of grade inflation
Are teachers more effective with students who share their ethnicity?
Charter schools in search of good homes
Social studies, the politically correct way
Lessons from life in public office
No Child Left Behind is no unfunded mandate
The diversity of values within American society renders public schools ill-equipped to produce the engaged citizens our democracy requires
Public schools can —and should— teach students to become active participants in democratic life
Can public schools teach good citizenship?
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