School Reform

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For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and ...

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Overview

For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737747829
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/12/2010
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 249
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 What Are the Politics of School Reform?

Chapter Preface 18

1 No Child Left Behind Is a Good Law Pete Wright 20

2 No Child Left Behind Is a Bad Law Linda Darling-Hammond 26

3 The Race to the Top Program Will Transform Education Arne Duncan 37

4 The Race to the Top Program Will Probably Fail Wall Street Journal 44

5 Illinois School Funding Must Be More Equitable to Help Poorer Schools Center for Tax and Budget Accountability 48

6 Deep Tax Cuts and Less Spending Would Improve All Illinois Schools Bruno Behrend 56

7 Teachers' Unions Block School Reform Center for Union Facts 66

8 Teachers' Unions Do Not Block School Reform Diane Ravitch 72

Periodical Bibliography 77

Chapter 2 What Role Should Standardized Tests Play in Evaluating Students?

Chapter Preface 79

1 Standardized Tests Are Needed to Measure Student Achievement Patrick Mattimore 81

2 Standardized Tests Must Be Redesigned W. James Popham 85

3 Standardized Tests Alone Should Not Be Used to Evaluate Students Bill Ferriter 94

4 Standardized Tests Are Unfair and Harmful Monty Neill 100

5 Standardized Tests in English Are Unfair to ESL Students Kate Menken 111

6 Standardized Tests Should Be Given in English to ESL Students Paul Greenberg 121

Periodical Bibliography 125

Chapter 3 What Role Should Testing Play in Evaluating Teachers and Schools?

Chapter Preface 127

1 Student Test Scores Should Be Part of Teacher Evaluation Camille Esch 129

2 Teachers Should Not Be Evaluated Using Student Test Scores David B. Cohen Alex Kajitani 134

3 Teacher-Training Program Evaluations Should Be Based on Student Test Scores Ruben Navarrette 139

4 Teacher-Training Program Evaluation Cannot Be Based on Student Test Scores Arthur Levine 143

5 Failing Schools Should Be Closed Andy Smarick 152

6 Failing Schools Should Not Be Closed Maisie McAdoo 163

7 Labeling Schools as Failing Is Unhelpful and Unfair Lois M. Meyer 169

Periodical Bibliography 175

Chapter 4 What Role Should School Choice Play in School Reform?

Chapter Preface 177

1 Vouchers Help Students Get a Better Education Dan Lips 179

2 Vouchers Do Little to Improve Individual Student Achievement Jason Barnosky 183

3 School Vouchers Help to Reform Public Schools Greg Forster 188

4 School Vouchers Alone Cannot Reform Public Schools Sol Stern 195

5 Charter Schools Help Students Tony Roberts 209

6 The Success of Charter Schools Is Exaggerated Brian Jones 214

Periodical Bibliography 223

For Further Discussion 224

Organizations to Contact 227

Bibliography of Books 231

Index 234

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