Keeping the Promise? The Debate Over Charter Schools This wide-ranging and thought-provoking collection of essays examines the charter school movement’s founding visions, on-the-ground realities, and untapped potential.
Proving Grounds: School “Rheeform” in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., is leading the transformation of urban public education across the country—at least according to Time magazine, which featured D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee on its cover, wearing black and holding a broom. Or perhaps you read it in Newsweek or heard it from Oprah, who named Rhee to her “power list” of “remarkable visionaries.”
Looking Past the Spin: Teach for America
Most Teach for America recruits are idealistic and dedicated. But who is behind the organization, and does its approach bolster or hinder urban education reform?
School Reform We Can’t Believe In
While running for president, Barack Obama called No Child Left Behind “one of the emptiest slogans in the history of American politics.” By the time he gets a new version of the law through Congress, his own campaign theme—“change you can believe in”—may be a contender for the same title.
What Passes for School Reform: “Value-Added” Teacher Evaluation and Other Absurdities by Alfie Kohn
The less people know about teaching and learning, the more sympathetic they’re likely to be to the kind of “school reform” that’s all the rage these days.
Rethinking School Reform
Drawing on some of the best writing from the quarterly journal Rethinking Schools, this collection offers a primer on a broad range of pressing issues, including school vouchers and funding, multiculturalism, standards and testing, teacher unions, bilingual education, and federal education policy.
Transforming Teacher Unions
How a new vision of teacher unions can support public education, teacher rights and improved student achievement.
Rethinking Schools - The Journal
This quarterly educational journal is a must-read for everyone involved in education. Crammed with innovative teaching ideas, valuable resources, and analyses of important issues and organizing, Rethinking Schools is a priceless source for educators who want to enlist students in thinking deeply and critically about the world today.