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"Excellence" has become the watchword of the school-reform movement. Calling for a dramatic improvement in the quality of elementary and secondary education, reformers suggest that excellence can be achieved through a rigorous curriculum in the "basics" or the "new basics," tougher graduation requirements, and a renewed emphasis on discipline and orderly learning environments. My recent study of an overlooked facet of the school crisis, however, raises questions about how--or whether--the reform movement can succeed.

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