November/December 2004

This Issue
We’ve spent more than two decades trying to improve public schools and raise student achievement, the longest sustained reform period in history. We haven’t made significant progress.
I enjoyed the interview with Douglas Carnine, the former Bush adviser who was an “architect” of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Fans of Open Court and other prefab reading curricula say the approach works wonders. But for how long?
Brief news items from around the country.
Poor districts rely on parents to pay teachers—if they can.
Quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
Faced with mounting pressures and shrinking district budgets, schools are letting advertisers boldly put their messages where no ads have gone before.
School news from around the globe.
Denver voters consider the most radical merit-pay proposal for teachers that's been offered to date.
Largely by word-of-mouth, children's book character Flat Stanley has linked students around the world.
A novice educator went to an isolated school for troubled boys to teach. Years later, he returned to Penikese and learned something about himself.
For 35 years, the replica sloop Clearwater has offered students a glimpse of the storied past and murky present of New York waterways.
A small liberal-arts college in the Berkshires has been educating teenagers since 1966. It's idea whose time may finally have come.
A ‘cult of rigor’ has turned the notion of making kids happy into a negative, an education critic argues.
Enlisting 5th graders to resolve disputes sounds good, but what if it goes against everything they've learned?
At the heart of Jose M. de Olivares' argument in Bring Them Back Alive is the insistence that you can’t make adolescents do anything, whether it’s giving up recreational drugs or studying hard to get into college.
Sizer once held great hope for autonomous charter schools and, a few years ago, was co-principal of one with his wife, Nancy. But even these schools, he warns, are threatened by government mandates.
The “education gospel” as defined by Grubb and Lazerson, scholars at UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, refers to the widely held notion that more education is the answer to economic and social problems.
Of all the education reform efforts that Richard Elmore has studied during the past three decades, he says the federal No Child Left Behind Act is the worst.
Teenage angst and rebellion are often expressed in unexpected ways, as the characters of in nine new novels for readers 15 and older attest.
A new study revisits worries about kids and computers.
Students in Howard Whitten's classes learn all about animals—inside and out.