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Description: The United States spends more per elementary and secondary student than any other industrialized country except Switzerland. Yet in a 1995 study, U.S. students ranked well below the international average in math and science. Five years later, U.S. students had made the least progressónot only in math and science, but in the essential skill of reading.
Description: Bureaucrats like standardized tests because they want to measure student progress with a one-shot score, which seems an easy and efficient thing to do. A more authentic assessment measures what students can do instead of what they know, and provides feedback on their progress. This book describes the debate between the two approaches.
Description: In a nation of immigrants, the questions surrounding bilingual education are not simply academic. Is diversity in language enriching or divisive? Do immigrants revitalize or drain the economy? Should language education aim for monolingualism, bilingualism, or multilingualism? These questions are central to our current political debate about what it means to be an American.
Description:From zero in 1991 to 1,100 seven years later, charter schools (public schools under contract) today educate well over a quarter of a million students. Charter Schools examines this unusual experiment and the circumstances that surround it.
Description: Educational reform. Charter schools. The standards movement. High stakes testing. Bilingual education. The controversies surrounding what we teach our children and how we do it have existed since John Dewey espoused his ideas concerning educational reform in the early 1900s. How do we decide whatóand howóto teach our children?
Description: Over the last 50 years, historical change has stressed the American educational system to its limits. In the 1950s, Brown v. Board of Education challenged educators to provide equal opportunity for all, while Cold War anxieties spurred a demand for excellence. In the 21st century, a more complex educational agenda is emerging—driven by globalization and shifting realities. Has U.S. education entered a critical new phase?
Description: What style of leadership do we want for our schools? Corporate? Bureaucratic? Collaborative? How we answer this question determines not only what kind of citizens our schools produce, but how our society will address issues of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion.
Description: Though it sometimes seems a malady of the tension-fraught modern age, ADHD was documented as far back in history as 493 B.C. by Hippocrates. Physicians in the 18th and 19th centuries began to look in earnest at the disease, noticing common symptoms of a neurological nature.
Description: Restriction, resilience, and resultsóthe three 'r's of girls' education in American history. What was the 'great debate' about the female mind in the new republic? Why did industrialization further the cause of girls' education? How is the Internet changing what girls learn today?
Individual eBooks (ABC-CLIO)
Description: More than a decade has passed since UNESCO launched its massive universal literacy campaign. Yet 100 million children are still not in school, and even in industrialized countries like the United States, as many as 25 percent of adults are deficient in literacy skills. What's the problem?
Description: Think middle schools are just junior highs in newer buildings? Think again. The middle school is a revolutionary concept, a place that nurtures individuality, involves families, encourages creative teaching, and targets crucial health and developmental needs by design. For many, it's the last school equally devoted to the student and to the person that student could be.
Description: What are the unique problems of providing schooling for a population on the move? How does such education compare with the more common experience of remaining in one school for ten months a year, every year? How can we effectively educate a mobile population that is generally indigent and speaks English only as a second language?
Description: The Naturalization Act of l790 denied U.S. citizenship to Native Americans and African and Asian immigrants. That policy has changed, and there is now a need to understand education as a social, cultural, and political activity. This book describes how contemporary issues around multicultural education affect educational content, delivery of instruction, and school organization.
Description: Schools have changed greatly since the days of readin', writin', and 'rithmetic taught to the tune of a hickory stick. Now there are student rights, magnet schools, standardized tests, computers, and even corporate sponsorships. But are students really getting a better education today?
Description: Historically, children with obvious disabilities were the objects of witch-hunts, exorcisms, burnings and abandonment. With the coming of nationwide compulsory education, it became necessary to accommodate those students who could be seen as not fitting the mold. This volume describes that history, and shows how special education can serve as a model for all education.
Description: In the sports-saturated United States, we take for granted that organized athletics should be a part of the grade school or high school experienceóto the extent that almost no one questions whether devoting so much school time and money to sports is a good idea or not.
Description: Children like slaves were once considered their father's property, and the state put them to work as indentured servants if they were orphaned or abandoned. Once education became compulsory, student rights became intricately entwined with children's rights. This book traces the legal status of students and examines current related policy issues.