Every chapter begins with “Focusing Questions” and concludes with “Summary.”
1. Improving Teaching.
Review of the Research on Teaching.
Theory Versus The Practice of Teaching.
The Science Versus The Art of Teaching.
The Expert Teacher.
2. Teaching Teacher Accountability.
Do Teachers Make a Difference?
Contextual Problems In Evaluating Teachers.
Criterion Problems In Evaluating Teachers.
The Measurement Problem.
3. Theories of Learning.
Brain Research and Learning.
4. The School As A Socializing Agent.
Education For Transmitting the Culture.
The Purposes of Education.
Changing American Society.
Post nuclear Family.
The Peer Group.
The Culture of the School.
5. Schooling in America: Part I.
Reexamining Three Icons: Rousseau, Cremin and Dewey.
The Rise of the Common School Movement.
History 101: Topics Rarely, If Ever, Discussed.
6. Schooling in America: Part II.
The Transitional School Period: 1893-1918.
Essentialist Philosophy and Priorities.
Reconstructionism: The Warning Bell is Sounded.
Renewed Search for Relevancy and Humanism.
Neoconservatism: Present-Day Warnings and Concerns.
7. Social Stratification and Inequality.
Historical and Philosophical Issues of Equality.
Social Mobility and Social Structure.
International Comparisons—Science and Math.
8. Class, Race and Education.
Do Schools Make A Difference? Large Scale Studies.
Implications and Policies.
Race, Schools and Society