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School reform : the critical issues
Evers, Williamson M., 1948-
Publication Information:
Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press ; San Francisco : Pacific Research Institute, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 438 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"This book is a joint effort by the Hoover Institution and the Pacific Research Institute..."--p. [4] of cover.

Includes index.
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This book explores a wide range of critical areas in education, examines the basic nature of our education problems, provides a clear understanding of underperformance, and proposes reasonable and effective strategies for success.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

School Reforms Hinder Learning, Crusader Argues
A Unique School or Out of Step?
Opposing Approaches So Johnny Can Read: Finding the Answers in Drills and Rigor
The Schools They Deserve: Howard Gardner and the Remaking of Elite Education
Dictatorship of Virtue: Multiculturalism in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Should Schools Be Wired to the Internet?: No-Learn First, Surf Later
The Learning Revolution
Effective Education Squelched
The Concept of Grouping in Gifted Education: In Search of Reality-Unraveling the Myths about Tracking, Ability Grouping, and the Gifted
Ready, Read!
Failure Outside the Classroom
Student Customers Being Sold a Bad Product
Why Johnny Can't Fail: How the "Floating Standard" Has Destroyed Public Education
The Parent Trap
Who Teaches the Teachers?
Why Johnny's Teacher Can't Teach
The Truth About Teacher Salaries and Student Achievement
Why It's Too Hard to Fire Bad Teachers
How Teachers' Unions Handcuff Schools
Put Teachers to the Test
Top-Notch Teachers Are Key to Better Schools
School Unions Shortchange Students
A Taboo Erodes
Loco, Completamente Loco: The Many Failures of "Bilingual Education"
Defining Disability Down: Why Johnny Can't Read, Write, or Sit Still
Why Ritalin Rules
The Scandal of Special Ed
Developing and Implementing Academic Standards: A Template for Legislative Reform
The War Against Testing
Making America's Schools Work
Half of Choice Schools Spend Less than State Allots
Money and School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiments
Public Schools: Make Them Private
Fighting for School Choice: It's a Civil Right
Whittling Away the Public School Monopoly
A Private Solution
Class Acts: How Charter Schools Are Revamping Public Education in Arizona-and Beyond
Healthy Competition
The Elixir of Class Size
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Title I's $118 Billion Fails to Close Gap
Special Ed: Factory-like Schooling May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
"Doing Something" in a Catholic School