The Great Curriculum Debate: How Should We Teach Reading and Math? / Edition 1

The Great Curriculum Debate: How Should We Teach Reading and Math? / Edition 1

by Tom Loveless
     
 

The American school curriculum is controversial. Throughout the twentieth century, educators argued about what schools should teach and how they should teach it. At the end of the century, the debate focused on reading and mathematics. This book is about the public conflict that surrounded the two subjects in the 1990s. It includes contributions from influential… See more details below

Overview

The American school curriculum is controversial. Throughout the twentieth century, educators argued about what schools should teach and how they should teach it. At the end of the century, the debate focused on reading and mathematics. This book is about the public conflict that surrounded the two subjects in the 1990s. It includes contributions from influential scholars on both sides of the debates, as well as chapters by distinguished nonpartisans. It examines what fueled the controversies, clarifies adversarial positions, analyzes the politics of the disputes, and investigates how curricular conflicts may have affected policy and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815753094
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The Roots of the Education Wars13
3Mathematics Education: The Future and the Past Create a Context for Today's Issues25
4Research and Reform in Mathematics Education42
5A Darwinian Perspective on Mathematics and Instruction85
6The Impact of Traditional and Reform-Style Practices on Student Mathematics Achievement108
7Beyond-Curriculum Wars: Content and Understanding in Mathematics134
8Good Intentions Are Not Enough163
9A Tale of Two Math Reforms: The Politics of the New Math and the NCTM Standards184
10It Is Time to Stop the War210
11Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children: Precursors and Fallout229
12Contemporary Reading Instruction247
13Does State and Federal Reading Policymaking Matter?268
14The Politics of the Reading Wars299
Contributors343
Index345

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