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Should a society push an educational policy in the face of evidence that the policy is harmful to children and their families? This question is at the heart of a controversy over the provision of English-immersion preschool programs for 3- to 5-year-old non-English-speaking children. The purpose of these programs is to transform language-minority children into English speakers as early as possible.
On April 28, the National Academy of Education released a summary of its report entitled Research and the Renewal of Education. The NAE is a group of 75 individuals characterized by its news release as "renowned educational leaders or researchers." Essentially, Research and Renewal is an effort to define the role of research in the education-reform movement. Its authors emphasize the crucial nature of research and the importance of relying on it in education "just as we do in the other vital endeavors that shape modern life, such as industrial technology and medical practice."
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