The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulation Fix the Schools?

The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulation Fix the Schools?

by David K. Cohen, Susan L. Moffitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674035461

ISBN-13: 9780674035461

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: Harvard

American schools have always been locally created and controlled. But ever since the Title I program in 1965 appropriated nearly one billion dollars for public schools, federal money and programs have been influencing every school in America.
What has been accomplished in this extraordinary assertion of federal influence? What hasn’t? Why not? With incisive…  See more details below

Overview

American schools have always been locally created and controlled. But ever since the Title I program in 1965 appropriated nearly one billion dollars for public schools, federal money and programs have been influencing every school in America.
What has been accomplished in this extraordinary assertion of federal influence? What hasn’t? Why not? With incisive clarity and wit, David K. Cohen and Susan L. Moffitt argue that enormous gaps existed between policies and programs and the real-world practices that they attempted to change. Learning and teaching are complicated and mysterious. So the means to achieve admirable goals are uncertain, and difficult to develop and sustain, particularly when teachers get little help to cope with the blizzard of new programs, new slogans, new tests, and new rules.
Ironically, as the authors observe, the least experienced and least well-trained teachers are often in the most needy schools, so federal support “is compromised by the inequality it is intended to ameliorate.” If new policies and programs don’t include means to create the capability they require, they cannot succeed. We don’t know what we need to enable states, school systems, schools, teachers, and students to use the resources that programs offer. The trouble with standards-based reform is that standards and tests still don’t teach you how to teach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035461
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,169,616
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Transformation of Title I?
  • 2. Policy and Practice
  • 3. Practice Failure and Policy
  • 4. Federal Policy and Classroom Practice
  • 5. Mission Revised
  • 6. Policy and Capability: Title I and Standards-Based Reform
  • 7. Title I: Past, Present, and Future
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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