Summer 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 3
An inside look at school discipline
At Bronx Prep, a master teacher shares his expertise. Photograph courtesy of Kristin Kearns Jordan.
Why Schools Matter: A Cross-National Comparison of Curriculum and Learning
by William H. Schmidt et al.
Upstart Startup: Creating and Sustaining a Public Charter School By James Nehring; Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School By Peggy Silva and Robert A. Mackin; Central Park East and Its Graduates: “Learning by Heart” By David Bensman; One Kid at a Time: Big Lessons from a Small School By Eliot Levine
Paper tiger unions; Bronze Age of education; and nimble charters
Are teachers paid too little? This has been more of an assumption than a question in recent decades. Even raising the issue carries the risk of being labeled anti-education. Nonetheless, a few of our intrepid authors dared to tackle the subject in this issue’s pages. They suggest that today’s teachers may be well paid, but [...]
Does the black-white test-score gap narrow or widen through the school years? It depends on how you measure. Illustration by Janusz Kapusta. Educational Achievement and Black-White Inequality By Jonathan Jacobsen, Cara Olsen, Jennifer King Rice, Stephen Sweetland, and John Ralph National Center for Education Statistics, July 2001. Through the 1960s, African-Americans earned much less than whites—even when their cognitive abilities (as [...]
There is more to compensation than a teacher’s salary
How higher standards affect graduation and employment
Does reducing class size work?
Accountability works after all
Will failing public schools let students leave?
Shanker sought to transform teacher unions into a powerful voice for education reform, proposing ideas that were unconventional for a union president.
Stuyvesant High School’s dirty little secret
Salary data fail to account for the shorter workday and work year in teaching. Once adjusted, teacher salaries look about right.
For decades the nation has been able to school its children on the cheap by exploiting a trapped workforce of educated women. Those days are long gone.
It is often said that the nation does not properly value teaching. Is this true? Illustrations by Gordon Studer. As the nation continues to search for ways to upgrade the public school system, much attention has focused on how to improve the quality of K–12 teachers. The focus makes perfect sense: nothing in education is [...]
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