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Mentoring programs that link college students with at-risk youths need to become highly structured and provide greater staff support in order to be more effective, a report released last week concludes.
The Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure announced last month that it will hold a competition to recognize outstanding curriculum designs in high school mathematics and language arts.
As they lay plans for the Education Department's office for civil rights, officials of the incoming Clinton Administration may find some instructive lessons in the stormy 2 1/2-year tenure of Michael L. Williams.
On a recent visit to see friends, I heard the dad say to his 10-year-old son, "You watch too much TV. Try something really different. Read a book!'' This familiar admonishment reflects our widely held belief that television and literacy have little in common. Many educators and parents, in fact, cast television as the enemy of literacy--a major cause of our "literacy crisis."
The following compilation was motivated by the succinct summary of all that's wrong with American education--and what needs to be done to fix it--given by Patricia A. Graham at a panel discussion on world-class schools held at year's end last year in Charlotte, N.C.
The clock has run out on the ''populist crusade" of George Bush and Lamar Alexander to ''reinvent America's schools." The America 2000 litany with its "four big trams moving simultaneously down four parallel tracks" and it's gimmicky "A-Plus for Breaking the Mold Schools" has worn out its welcome while demeaning our public schools and the people who serve them.
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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