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Education by Noel Merino

Each title in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series 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 publications.; Opposing Viewpoints: Education examines what the state of education is in America, if school alternatives are a good idea, if religion and religious ideas should be part of public education, and how the education system should be improved.; "Each volume in the Opposing Viewpoints Series could serve as a model…not only providing access to a wide diversity of opinions, but also stimulating readers to do further research for group discussion and individual interest. Both shrill and moderate, th

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ISBN-13: 9780737764338
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 What Is the State of Education in America?

Chapter Preface 19

1 American Students Perform Poorly Compared to Students in Other Countries Amanda Ripley 21

2 American Students Perform Favorably Compared to Students in Other Countries Gerald W. Bracey 32

3 Teachers' Unions Have Not Been Good for American Education Terry M. Moe 39

4 Bipartisan, But Unfounded: The Assault on Teachers' Unions Richard D. Kahlenberg 51

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 66

Chapter 2 Are School-Choice Alternatives a Good Idea?

Chapter Preface 68

1 The Educational Bonanza in Privatizing Government Schools Andrew Bernstein 71

2 The Republican War on Education Ruth Conniff 89

3 School Vouchers Are a Good Alternative to Public Schools Gary Jason 100

4 False Choice: How Private School Vouchers Might Harm Minority Students Matthew McKnight 106

5 In Defense of School-Choice Tax Credits David French 113

6 Tax Credits for School Choice Do Not Benefit Taxpayers and Students: National Education Association 117

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 122

Chapter 3 Should Religion and Religious Ideas Be Part of Public Education?

Chapter Preface 124

1 Public Schools Have Been Overly Sanitized of Religion John W. Whitehead 126

2 Public Schools Are Rightfully Neutral on Religion: Americans United for Separation of Church and State 132

3 The Ruling Religion in Schools Kurt Williamsen 140

4 Mr. Dawkins, Tear Down This Wall! Satoshi Kanazawa 144

5 Debate About Evolution Should Be Taught in Science Class Casey Luskin 148

6 Neither Creationism nor Debate About Evolution Should Be Taught in Schools Heather Weaver 153

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 166

Chapter 4 How Should the Education System Be Improved?

Chapter Preface 168

1 Federal Spending on Education Should Be Cut Neal McCluskey 170

2 Federal Spending on Education Should Not Be Cut Robert L. Borosage 175

3 Merit Pay for Teachers Should Be Used to Improve Education Frederick M. Hess 180

4 What's Wrong with Merit Pay? Diane Ravitch 189

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 194

For Further Discussion 195

Organizations to Contact 197

Bibliography of Books 205

Index 209

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