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This important new book assembles internationally prominent school-of-education faculty and researchers to provide valuable perspectives on the school reform or excellence movement. From the Campus addresses timely issues in education in a scholarly yet easy-to-read style. The contributors represent a wide variety of disciplines including comparative and international education, history, sociology, political science, curriculum theory, testing and evaluation, school administration, special education and more. They confront the most controversial issues in education of our time; equity and excellence, at-risk children, the education of language-minority students, the governance of education, parental choice, and the importance of home, family, and elementary and preschool education.
This book broadens the scope of the debate over school reform to include concerns that the current enthusiasm for excellence will erode earlier gains for equality, and that the reform movement is not paying enough attention to at-risk and disadvantaged children. The contributors examine the need for radical restructuring of schools in order to combine excellence with equality. From the Campus offers insight, values, and pedagogical expertise from education scholars enabling the reader to be well-informed in the school reform debate. Parents, school board members, policy makers, school administrators, teachers, and education students will find From the Campus a source of stimulating ideas as well as a valuable resource.
Introduction: A Role for Faculties of Education
Every School a Clinic: A Historical Perspective on Modern American Education
Neo-Humanism and Educational Reform
A Vocational Educator's Perspective on the School Reform Movement
Testing and the School Reform Movement: In Need of a Thermostat Instead of a Thermometer
Reform in Special and Regular Education: An Interface
The "Distinctive" High School, Structural Change, and the School Reform Movement
The Withered Roots of School Reform: An Organizational Perspective
The Communal Ethos, Privatization and the Dilemma of Being Public
Language-Minority Students and Educational Reform: An Incomplete Agenda
Language Arts and Literacy: The Endangered Core of School Reform
The Politics of School Reform
The School Reform Movement: A Comparative Perspective