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In Final Exam: A Study of the Perpetual Scrutiny of American Schools, I reviewed the tendency, especially strong since the end of World War II, for critics to think the worst about our schools, often while lionizing the educational systems of other nations.
Launched in Boston a decade ago, the City Year program continues to be one of the best efforts in the nation aimed at providing young people with hands-on opportunities to engage in community-service work--and to grow and learn in the process.
Almost every state either has academic standards or is producing them. That might lead the casual observer to decide that the move to use standards to boost student performance is nearly complete. That is hardly the case.
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