This book explores a wide range of critical areas in education, examines the basic nature of our education problems, provides a clear understanding of underperformance, and proposes reasonable and effective strategies for success.
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School Reform: The Critical Issues

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This book explores a wide range of critical areas in education, examines the basic nature of our education problems, provides a clear understanding of underperformance, and proposes reasonable and effective strategies for success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817928735
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 438
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lance T. Izumi, J.D. is Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI), California’s premier free-market public-policy think tank based in San Francisco and Sacramento. Lance Izumi is a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation with nearly 3 million students. He served two one-year terms as president of the Board of Governors from 2008 through 2009, and in 2010 he received an award recognizing his leadership and service.

Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. In 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Evers has been a member of National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, a commissioner on the California State Academic Standards Commission, a trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • School Reforms Hinder Learning, Crusader Argues
  • A Unique School or Out of Step?
  • Opposing Approaches So Johnny Can Read: Finding the Answers in Drills and Rigor
  • The Schools They Deserve: Howard Gardner and the Remaking of Elite Education
  • Dictatorship of Virtue: Multiculturalism in Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Should Schools Be Wired to the Internet?: No—Learn First, Surf Later
  • The Learning Revolution
  • Effective Education Squelched
  • The Concept of Grouping in Gifted Education: In Search of Reality—Unraveling the Myths about Tracking, Ability Grouping, and the Gifted
  • Ready, Read!
  • Failure Outside the Classroom
  • Student Customers Being Sold a Bad Product
  • Why Johnny Can’t Fail: How the “Floating Standard” Has Destroyed Public Education
  • The Parent Trap
  • Who Teaches the Teachers?
  • Why Johnny’s Teacher Can’t Teach
  • The Truth About Teacher Salaries and Student Achievement
  • Why It’s Too Hard to Fire Bad Teachers
  • How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools
  • Put Teachers to the Test
  • Top-Notch Teachers Are Key to Better Schools
  • School Unions Shortchange Students
  • A Taboo Erodes
  • Loco, Completamente Loco: The Many Failures of “Bilingual Education”
  • Defining Disability Down: Why Johnny Can’t Read, Write, or Sit Still
  • Why Ritalin Rules
  • The Scandal of Special Ed
  • Developing and Implementing Academic Standards: A Template for Legislative Reform
  • The War Against Testing
  • Making America’s Schools Work
  • Half of Choice Schools Spend Less than State Allots
  • Money and School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiments
  • Public Schools: Make Them Private
  • Fighting for School Choice: It’s a Civil Right
  • Whittling Away the Public School Monopoly
  • A Private Solution
  • Class Acts: How Charter Schools Are Revamping Public Education in Arizona—and Beyond
  • Healthy Competition
  • The Elixir of Class Size
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name
  • Title I’s $118 Billion Fails to Close Gap
  • Special Ed: Factory-like Schooling May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
  • “Doing Something” in a Catholic School
  • Index
  • Permissions
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