Children as Pawns The Politics of Educational Reform

ISBN-10: 0674012496
ISBN-13: 9780674012493
Edition: 2002
Authors: Timothy A. Hacsi
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Description: Head Start. Bilingual education. Small class size. Social promotion. School funding. Virtually every school system in America has had to face these issues over the past thirty years. Advocates and dissenters have declared confidently that "the  More...

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Head Start. Bilingual education. Small class size. Social promotion. School funding. Virtually every school system in America has had to face these issues over the past thirty years. Advocates and dissenters have declared confidently that "the research" is on their side. But is it? In the first book to bring together the recent history of educational policy and politics with the research evidence, Timothy Hacsi presents the illuminating, often-forgotten stories of these five controversial topics. He sifts through the complicated evaluation research literature and compares the policies that have been adopted to the best evidence about what actually works. He lucidly explains what the major studies show, what they don't, and how they have been misunderstood and misrepresented. Hacsi shows how rarely educational policies are based on solid research evidence, and how programs that sound plausible simply do not satisfy the complex needs of real children.

Timothy A. Hacsi is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Difference Does Head Start Make?
Is Bilingual Education a Good Idea?
Does Class Size Matter?
Is Social Promotion a Problem?
Does More Money Make Schools Better?
Conclusion
Notes
Suggested Readings
Index

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