Former US News education editor Ben Wildavsky reviews the latest group of education books so you don’t have to. He finds some things to like about Linda Perlstein’s Tested, though he questions whether the school she profiles is representative. “Could it be that the problem is not the tests but the inappropriate, even absurd, ways in which schools are responding to them?” About Jonathan Kozol’s Letters To A Young Teacher, Wildavsky doesn’t have much good to say. Also reviewed: Dan Brown’s story of a first-year teacher in New York, as well as Alex Klein’s profile of kids at Stuyvesant High School.
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