Education in Crisis: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Judith A. Gouwens
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  • ISBN-10: 1598841718
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841718
  • DDC: 370 .973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 299 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Over the last 50 years, historical change has stressed the American educational system to its limits. In the 1950s, Brown v. Board of Education challenged educators to provide equal opportunity for all, while Cold War anxieties spurred a demand for excellence. In the 21st century, a more complex educational agenda is emerging -- driven by globalization and shifting realities.

Has U.S. education entered a critical new phase?

Authoritative and objective, Education in Crisis: A Reference Handbook is a critical look at the current state of the American school system, the conditions that have led many to label it "in crisis," and solutions aimed at leveling the educational playing field, elevating overall student achievement, and keeping American students competitive on the world stage.

Education in Crisis shows how competing economic, political, philosophical, psychological, and global interests have influenced American education reform. It then covers a range of reform initiatives, including magnet schools, basic skills curriculum, home schooling, and the role of technology. A comparison of the U.S. education system to those of other countries and a presentation of helpful resources round out this essential volume for educators, policymakers, parents, and anyone concerned about the nation's schools.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Guide to Related Topics.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Education Reform—A Global Enterprise.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: James A. Banks (1941–).
7: David Berliner (1938–).
8: Benjamin Bloom (1913–1999).
9: Jerome Bruner (1915–).
10: James P. Comer (1934–).
11: Linda Darling-Hammond (1951–).
12: Lisa Delpit (1952–).
13: Chester Finn (1944–).
14: Paolo Freire (1921–1997).
15: Michael Fullan (1940–).
16: Mary Hatwood Futrell (1940–).
17: Howard Gardner (1943–).
18: John Goodlad (1920–).
19: Ken Goodman (1927–).
20: E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (1928–).
21: Madeline Cheek Hunter (1916–1994).
22: Jonathan Kozol (1936–).
23: Gloria Ladson-Billings (1947–).
24: Deborah Meier (1931–).
25: Sonia Nieto (1943–).
26: Nel Noddings (1929–).
27: Rod Paige (1933–).
28: Diane Ravitch (1938–).
29: Lauren B. Resnick (1936–).
30: Theodore Sizer (1932–).
31: Mark Tucker (?-).
32: Grant Wiggins (1950–).
33: References.
34: Data and Documents.
35: Brown v. Board of Education.
36: Brown v. Board of Education II.
37: National Defense Education Act, P.L. 85–864.
38: A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.
39: Effective Schools Correlates.
40: National Education Goals.
41: National Education Goals from Goals 2000: Educate America Act (1996).
42: Goals in “No Child Left Behind” (2002).
43: No Child Left Behind: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
44: The Dangerous Consequences of High-Stakes Standardized Testing.
45: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
46: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.
47: The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
48: Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
49: Directory of Organizations.
50: Governmental Agencies.
51: Issues-Focused Education Reform Organizations.
52: Membership Organizations.