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"This incisive volume speaks to the compelling need for faculty in teacher education to respond critically and constructively to clarion calls for drastice overhaul in American education. Cohen and Solmon compile an enviable collection of a dozen essays by their colleagues in the Graduate School of Education at UCLA. Enlisting multiple perspectives from educational research and practice, they treat such diverse topics as testing (James E. Bruno); special education (Frank M. Hewett and Virginia de R. Wagner); vocational education (Harry F. Silberman and John E. Coulson); comparative education (Val D. Rust); organizational reform (Richard C. Williams; structural change (Burton R. Clark); communal ethos and privatization (Donald A. Erickson); language arts and literacy (Concepcion M. Valdez and Barbara hecht); and historical (Cohen), political (James S. Catterall and Harry Handler), and neo-humanistic (Carl Weinberg) dimensions. Refreshingly, the book is intended for the general public as well as for policymakers, school personnel, and educational theorists. It provides a rare scholarly account of the potential contributions of educational research in popular debates on school reform. All levels."
"Numerous UCLA education faculty and researchers contribute their views on the direction of the school reform movement to promote academic excellence. Issues raised include concerns that the movement is not adequately addressing at-risk and disadvantaged students; administrative methods; parental choice; and the value of early schooling."