Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2
Why Can’t Our Schools Acknowledge Them?
Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World By James P. Comer, M.D. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by LYNNE TRUSS The War Against Grammar by DAVID MULROY
Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? by JAMES J. HECKMAN AND ALAN B. KRUEGER, EDITED by BENJAMIN M. FRIEDMAN
Tough Love at the Hyde Schools Shortly after his initial visit, I asked James Traub whether he planned to evaluate Hyde according to how effectively we honor our mission or on the basis of how closely we embody his perception of the good school. Reflecting the latter, Traub’s “The Moral Imperative” (Features, Winter 2005) is [...]
Now it is certain, on its third anniversary, that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a monumental achievement. The accountability provisions of the law shine a bright light on the performance of schools across the nation, forcing many of them to attend to long-ignored problems. But new evidence confirms what was known when the law [...]
A popular pediatrician stretches a synapse or two
Proposals for education reform generally focus on teachers and curricula. But the most important factor in education may be the student himself or herself. A growing number of states, including Georgia, Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts, have established programs that provide financial rewards in the form of merit scholarships for college for students who perform [...]
Why America’s top women college graduates aren’t teaching
A new kind of civil disobedience came to Missoula, Montana, recently. On a bridge over the Clark Fork River, a group from Wild Rockies Earth First! blocked a truck carrying logs from the Bitterroot Forest. Two of the protesters tied ropes to the rig, lowered themselves and their sign, “Globalization Kills Our Forests,” to within [...]
It is an odd mark of our time that the first question people ask about character education is whether public schools should be doing it at all. The question is odd because it invites us to imagine that schooling, which occupies about a third of a child’s waking time, somehow could be arranged to play [...]
Debating the future of No Child Left Behind
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