March 15, 1989 3 min read

National Service: An Action Agenda for the 1990’s, prepared by the Coalition for National Service (National Service Secretariat, 5140 Sherier Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016; 33 pp., $2 paper). Suggests principles and initiatives for developing voluntary-service programs for young people.

Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life: Critical Pedagogy in the Modern Age, by Henry A. Giroux (University of Minnesota Press, 2037 University Ave., S.E., Minneapolis, Minn. 55414; 257 pp., $39.50 cloth, $14.95 paper). Advances a theory of citizenship education that would teach students “to participate fully in a society that affirms and sustains the principles of equality, freedom, and social justice.”

School Success for Students at Risk: Analysis and Recommendations of the Council of Chief State School Officers, prepared by the ccsso (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, School Department, National Customer Service Center, Dowden Rd., Orlando, Fla. 32887; 346 pp., $11.85 cloth). Report by 13 educators addressing the challenges of teaching the nation’s disadvantaged children.

Underachievers in Secondary School: Education off the Mark, by Robert S. Griffin (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., Publishers, Suite 102, 365 Broadway, Hillsdale, N.J. 07642; 341 pp., $39.95 cloth). Examines characteristics of underachieving students--"adolescents with talent who are somewhat flat, disengaged, or distracted in school"--and proposes strategies for supporting them.

Handbooksand Reference Works

A Taste of College: Summer Programs for High School Students on Campus, 2nd edition, by Jane E. Nowitz and David A. Nowitz (College Bound Communications, P.O. Box 1066, Woodbridge, N.J. 07095; 241 pp., $14.95 paper). Brief descriptions of academic programs and information on cost and criteria for admission.

Directory of American Youth Organizations: A Guide to Over 400 Clubs, Groups, Troops, Teams, Societies, Lodges, and More for Young People, 1988-89, by Judith B. Erickson (Free Spirit Publishing Company, 123 North 3rd St., Suite 716, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 154 pp., $14.95 paper). Descriptions of programs sponsored by national nonprofit organizations.

Directory of Online Databases and CD-ROM Resources for High Schools, by Lynn S. Parisi and Virginia L. Jones (abc-clio, P.O. Box 4397, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93140-4397; 136 pp., $28.95 cloth). A guide to commercial databases appropriate for use with social-studies, English, and science curricula.

Guidelines on the Uses of College Board Test Scores and Related Data, prepared by the College Board (45 Columbus Ave., New York, N.Y. 10023-6992; 15 pp., free). Clarifies “proper and beneficial” uses of test scores and related data.

Responding to Adolescent Suicide, by the Phi Delta Kappa Task Force on Adolescent Suicide (Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 8th St. and Union Ave., P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0789; 29 pp., $2 paper). A guide intended to help schools support teenagers and their families in the aftermath of a student’s suicide.

Schools of Choice: An Annotated Catalog of Key Choice Elements: Open Enrollment, Diversity, Empowerment, prepared by the Project to Access Choice in Education, Oakland University (Metropolitan Affairs Corporation, 1900 Edison Plaza, 660 Plaza Dr., Detroit, Mich. 48226-1822; 61 pp., free). Case studies of five school districts offering one or more of the recommended components of parental choice.

Science for Children: Resources for Teachers, prepared by the National Science Resources Center (National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20077-5575; 176 pp., $7.95 paper, $6.50 each for orders of 2 to 9 copies, $4.95 each for orders of 10 or more copies). A guide to curricular materials for “hands on” instruction in the sciences.

A version of this article appeared in the March 15, 1989 edition of Education Week as Books