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Enrollment in upper-level mathematics and science classes has increased in recent years, corresponding to tougher high school graduation requirements in most states, a study released here last week says.
Several large school systems will allow staff members and students to take a day off to participate in the Oct. 16 event billed as the "Million Man March."
The growing recognition of students with special needs is a double-edged sword for schools. It has permitted us to identify and assist these students, but at the same time it has created a group of education specialists who often leave the regular classroom teacher feeling ill-prepared for that task.
The growing debate over standards of all kinds for students, teachers, and schools ignores what are possibly the most important standards of all: those for the leaders who offer solutions to the problems of American education. The public is becoming increasingly impatient with long lists of promised solutions and meager results, as illustrated by these recent newspaper headlines from California, once a beacon in the school-reform movement: "Can't Read" (Modesto Bee); "The New New Math Is a Good Idea That Will Add Up to Less Than Zero" (San Jose Mercury-News); "You [Educational Leaders] Are the Problem" (San Francisco Chronicle).
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