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Spring 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 2

FEATURES

The Joy of Gaming

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter By Steven Johnson Riverhead Books, 2005, $23.95; 238 pages. As reviewed by Nathan Glazer Everything Bad Is Good for You. Is this title a joke? The subtitle suggests it could be. And the book’s epigraph is from the movie Sleeper, […]

By NATHAN GLAZER  
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Muggles, Broomsticks, Quidditch, and Owls That Deliver Mail

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince By J. K. Rowling Scholastic Press, 2005, $29.99; 652 pages. As reviewed by Diane Ravitch Not long after the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth Harry Potter book, worldwide sales for the series topped 270 million copies. Not only has the Harry Potter series broken […]

By DIANE RAVITCH  
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Tales from the Inside

Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School By Elinor Burkett HarperCollins, 2001, $12.95; 352 pages. Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity: One Season in a Progressive School By Elizabeth Gold Tarcher/Penguin, 2003, $15.95; 336 pages. Class Dismissed: A Year in the Life of an American High School, a Glimpse into the […]

By DAVID FERRERO  
Features  

A Setback in Dover

Last rites for Intelligent Design


Of Teacher Shortages and Quality

Good teaching—the kind that can routinely raise student achievement—is the most valuable of all education resources. When a teacher inspires, children learn, even when the building is antiquated, the Internet is missing, and classes are bigger than usual. So teacher quality matters. A lot. Yet the standard measure of quality today, the teaching credential or […]


Savage Exaggerations

Checked: The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. Crown Publishers, 2005 Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope. Crown Publishers, 2000 Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools. Crown Publishers, 1991 Free Schools. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1972 Death at an Early Age. Penguin Group, 1967 Checked by Marcus A. Winters Jonathan Kozol […]

By MARCUS A. WINTERS  
Features, On Top of the News  

Great Expectations

The Impact of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

By WILLIAM LOWE BOYD and JILLIAN P. REESE  
Features  

Breaking the Mold

It was the kind of defiant act that most school principals probably have contemplated wistfully at one time or another. Disgusted by what he and his staff considered to be poorly written, poorly stapled, and generally disorganized mandatory citywide exams sent to Fritsche Middle School by the Milwaukee Public Schools central office in the fall […]

By JOE WILLIAMS  
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RESEARCH

Getting Ahead by Staying Behind

An evaluation of Florida’s program to end social promotion

By Marcus A. Winters and  
On Top of the News, Research  

When Principals Rate Teachers

The best—and the worst—stand out

By Lars Lefgren and  
Research, Teachers and Teaching  


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Our Schools in the Year 2030

How will they be different?

By Education Next  
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