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Unger (School Choice: How To Select the Best Schools for Your Children) is not so much an education expert as an expert education critic. Covering grades seven and up, this third edition includes a new introduction by the author and appendixes for significant federal legislation and U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as for graduate and undergraduate programs at American colleges. The bibliography, chronology, and general index remain. More than 2000 entries, most a few paragraphs long, cover a broad range of education topics from Colonial times to the present. They give a brief introduction to a topic or definition of a term but do not provide in-depth discussion. Case in point: the entry "memorization" briefly describes the psychological process without mentioning, for example, the past emphasis on this type of learning or the controversy on how much memorization should be included in modern curricula. The few references at the end of individual entries have been dropped in this edition.
Although Unger claims to have revised 750 entries, some of what he calls revisions amount to a few additional sentences mentioning current political figures or legislation. There are also some inexplicable deletions, e.g., the entry "Abington School District v. Schempp." Some entries, such as "household," which does not have a definition specific to the field of education, are quirky inclusions and highlight the risks of lengthy one-author reference works: no single author is an expert on every aspect of a field as large as education.
—Rosanne M. Cordell