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MODESTO, CALIF.--Evelyn A. Hanshaw Middle School here, like every school filled with 12- to 14-year-olds, is a study in adolescent hormones.
Children in hurricane-ravaged south Florida were expected to start school this week, with many in crowded schools operating on double sessions.
In the 6th grade, I stole a cheap paperback atlas that no one seemed to want. I took it because I loved maps and spent hours happily poring over them.
According to the logic of a new book on education's role in the economy, productivity is stagnant in the United States largely because policymakers are stuck in a time warp. Like "Taylorized'' factories, outdated school practices have produced an imbalance in workforce needs and the resources available to meet them, say the authors of Thinking for a Living.
By the year 2000, U.S. students will be first in the world in science and mathematics achievement.'' This is a national educational goal proposed by President Bush and 50 governors. I hope to give a glimpse of what it means for the reform of science teaching.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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