School Reform: The Critical Issues

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Williamson M. Evers, Lance T. Izumi, Pam Riley
Hoover Institution Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 438 pages
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This joint undertaking of the Hoover Institution and the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy presents a collection of the most insightful, hard-hitting, and provocative recent articles on education reform. With unflinching candor, the expert contributors address the basic nature of our education problems, provide a clear understanding of why schools and students are underperforming, and propose reasonable and effective alternatives. The articles cover the full spectrum of education reform, including

  • The nature and pitfalls of "progressive" education—and a more traditional, empirically supported alternative strategy
  • Improving teachers—why teachers are ineffective, why it's so hard to fire bad teachers, how teachers should be tested and evaluated, and more
  • The federal government's role in education—and how Title I's $118 billion has failed to close the gap
  • Student responsibility and character education—why no school reform can succeed unless students learn to adopt the values, views, and virtues that foster good character
  • The educationally disadvantaged—the failures of bilingual education, the scandal of special ed, why Ritalin rules the classroom, and why we must reform the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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Contents

TEACHING APPROACHES I
1
Curriculum and Methods
36
Multiculturalism
48
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

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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