Summer 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 3
A charmed federal food program that no longer just feeds the hungry
What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?
The charter school movement turns 14
this year, and its behavior, some might say, is “developmentally
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America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. With a foreword by Thomas Jefferson.
The Trouble with Ed Schools By David F. Labaree
The Era of Big Government Is Complicated
Checked: “Quality Counts,” Education Week, January 6, 2005 “The Funding Gap,” Education Trust, Fall 2004. Checked by Robert M. Costrell This is a tale of two rankings. They represent the best of states-and the worst of states. A little wisdom and considerable foolishness. Some light, some darkness. Most of all, they purport to be about [...]
n developed countries like the United States and Britain, the continuing challenge for educators is to sort through the choices of an all-you-can-eat school system and teach the basic skills. Despite so-called universal education, an alarming number of people still fail to reach even basic levels of literacy. According to Sir Claus Moser, chairman of [...]
The role of schools in creating civic norms
The reality is that there is no such thing as an admirable manner of “doing school”: our children and our communities are too richly varied for that.
Johnny can’t read … in South Carolina. But if his folks move to Texas, he’ll be reading up a storm. What’s going on? It turns out that in complying with the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), some states have decided to be a whole lot more generous than others in determining whether students [...]
As almost everyone knows by now, the central aim of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is to make every public-school student proficient in reading and math by the year 2014. It is a laudable goal, as the overwhelmingly bipartisan congressional support for the legislation in 2001 proved. The law’s drafters even had the [...]
When the College Board announced, in the summer of 2002, that it would stop “flagging” the test scores of students who were given special accommodations for the SAT, the gold standard exam for college admission, disability advocates were thrilled. “A triumphant day for millions of people with dyslexia and other disabilities,” exclaimed Thomas Viall, the [...]
The various solicitors in the cause, some two or three of whom have inherited it from their fathers-might look in vain for truth at the bottom of it between the registrar’s red table and the silk gowns, with bills, cross-bills, answers, rejoinders, injunctions, affidavits, issues, references to masters, masters’ reports, mountains of costly nonsense, piled [...]
A restaurant critic goes to the school cafeteria
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