Clashing Views on Educational Issues:

ISBN-10: 0078139503

ISBN-13: 9780078139505

Edition: 17th 2013

Authors: James Noll

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Taking Sides volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with Learning Outcomes, an Issue Summary, an Introduction, and an Exploring the Issue section featuring Critical Thinking and Reflection, Is There Common Ground?, and Additional Resources. Taking Sides readers also offer a Topic Guide and an annotated listing of Internet References for further consideration of the issues. An online Instructor’s Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume. Using Taking Sides in the Classroom is also an excellent instructor resource. Visit for more details.
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List price: $55.40
Edition: 17th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Correlation Guide
Topic Guide
Basic Theoretical Issues
Should Schooling Be Based on Social Experiences?
Yes: John Dewey, from Experience and Education (Macmillan, 1938)
No: Roger Scruton, from "Schools and Schooling," The American Spectator (June 2006)
Should the Curriculum Be Standardized for All?
Yes: Mortimer J. Adler, from "The Paideia Proposal: Rediscovering the Essence of Education," American School Board Journal (July 1982)
No: John Holt, from Escape from Childhood (E. P. Dutton, 1974)
Should Behaviorism Shape Educational Practices?
Yes: Carson M. Bennett, from "A Skinnerian View of Human Freedom," The Humanist (July/August 1990)
No: Carl R. Rogers, from Freedom to Learn for the Eighties (Merrill, 1983)
Is Constructivism the Best Philosophy of Education?
Yes: David Elkind, from "The Problem with Constructivism," The Educational Forum (Summer 2004)
No: Jamin Carson, from "Objectivism and Education: A Response to David Elkind's 'The Problem with Constructivism'," Tire Educational Forum (Spring 2005)
Should "Public Schooling" Be Redefined?
Yes: Frederick M. Hess, from "What Is a 'Public School?' Principles for a New Century," Phi Delta Kappan (February 2004)
No: Linda Nathan et al., from "A Response to Frederick Hess," Phi Delta Kappan (February 2004)
Current Fundamental Issues
Are Truly Democratic Classrooms Possible?
Yes: Kristan A. Morrison, from "Democratic Classrooms: Promises and Challenges of Student Voice and Choice, Part One," Educational Horizons (Fall 2008)
No: Gary K. Clabaugh, from "Second Thoughts About Democratic Classrooms," Educational Horizons (Fall 2008)
Has the Supreme Court Reconfigured American Education?
Yes: Charles L. Glenn, from "Fanatical Secularism," Education Next (Winter 2003)
No: Paul E. Peterson, from "Victory for Vouchers?" Commentary (September 2002)
Is No Child Left Behind a Flawed Policy?
Yes: Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr., from "Crash Course: NCLB Is Driven by Education Politics," Education Next (Fall 2007)
No: Dianne Pich�, from "Basically a Good Model," Education Next (Fall 2007)
Can Failing Schools Be Turned Around?
Yes: Karin Chenoweth, from "It Can Be Done, It's Being Done, and Here's How," Phi Delta Kappan (September 2009)
No: Andy Smarick, from "The Turnaround Fallacy," Education Next (Winter 2010)
Are Local School Boards Obsolete?
Yes: Marc Tucker, from "Changing the System Is the Only Solution," Phi Delta Kappan (March 2010)
No: Diane Ravitch, from "Why Public Schools Need Democratic Governance," Phi Delta Kappan (March 2010)
Current Specific Issues
Are Undocumented Immigrants Entitled to Public Education?
Yes: William J. Brennan, Jr., from Undocumented Children Deserve Equal Protection (June 15, 1982)
No: Warren Burger, from The Decision Distorts the Function of the Court (June 15, 1982)
Has the Time Arrived for Universal Preschool?
Yes: David L. Kirp, from "The Kids-First Agenda," Big Ideas for Children: Investing in Our Nation's Future (First Focus, 2008)
No: Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call, from "The New Kindergarten," The Wilson Quarterly (Autumn 2008)
Is Privatization the Hope of the Future?
Yes: Chris Whittle, from "Dramatic Growth Is Possible," Education Next (Spring 2006)
No: Henry Levin, from "D�j� Vu All Over Again?," Education Next (Spring 2006)
Is the Inclusive Classroom Model Workable?
Yes: Mara Sapon-Sheviu, from "Learning in an Inclusive Community," Educational Leadership (September 2008)
No: Wade A. Carpenter, from "The Other Side of Inclusion," Educational Horizons (Spring 2008)
Do Teachers Unions Stymie School Reform?
Yes: Andrew Coulson, from "A Less Perfect Union," The American Spectator (June 2011)
No: Louis Malfaro, from "Lessons on Organizing for Power," American Educator (Fall 2010)
Can Merit Pay Accelerate School Improvement?
Yes: Steven Malanga, from "Why Merit Pay Will Improve Teaching," City Journal (Summer 2001)
No: Stuart Buck and Jay P. Greene, from "Blocked, Diluted, and Co-opted," Education Next (Spring 2011)
Are Single-Sex Schools and Classes Effective?
Yes: Peter Meyer, from "Learning Separately: The Case for Single-Sex Schools," Education Next (Winter 2008)
No: Vincent A. Anfara, Jr. and Steven B. Mertens, from "Do Single-Sex Classes and Schools Make a Difference?" Middle School Journal (November 2008)
Can Zero Tolerance Violate Students Rights?
Yes: Hon. David Sourer, from Majority Opinion in Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding (June 25, 2009)
No: Hon. Clarence Thomas, from Dissenting Opinion in Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding (June 25, 2009)
Do American Students Need More Time in School?
Yes: Chris Gabrieli, from "More Time, More Learning," Educational Leadership (April 2010)
No: Larry Cuban, from "The Perennial Reform: Fixing School Time," Phi Delta Kappan (December 2008)
Do Computers Negatively Affect Student Growth?
Yes: Lowell Monke, from "The Human Touch," Education Next (Fall 2004)
No: Frederick M. Hess, from "Technical Difficulties," Education Next (Fall 2004)
Is the "21st Century Skills" Movement Viable?
Yes: Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel T. Willingham, from "21st Century Skills: The Challenges Ahead," Educational Leadership (September 2009)
No: Diana Senechal, from "The Most Daring Education Reform of All," American Educator (Spring 2010)
Bonus Issues
Do American Schools Need a Common Curriculum?
Yes: The Albert Shanker Institute, from "A Call for Common Content," American Educator (Spring 2011)
No: Jay P. Greene, Sandra Stotsky, Bill Evers, Greg Forster, and Ze'ev Wurman from "Closing the Door on Innovation," Education Next (May 9, 2011)
Is the Road to Virtual Schooling Smoothly Paved?
Yes: William Crossman, from "From the Three Rs to the Four Cs," The Futurist (March-April 2012)
No: Erin Dillon and Bill Tucker, from "Lessons for Online Learning," Education Next (Spring 2011)
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