The School Administrator

September 1998Defending Public EducationEssays by Frosty Troy, David Berliner, Richard Rothstein

Features

  • The Myth of Our Failed Education System

    by FORREST J. (FROSTY) TROY


    Reciting a litany of falsehoods and facts, the crusading editor of The Oklahoma Observer speaks unashamedly in support of public schools.

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  • The Lamentable Alliance Between the Media and School Critics

    by DAVID C. BERLINER AND BRUCE J. BIDDLE


    By reinforcing negative perceptions and spotlighting the absurd, the press stymies the public's support for its schools, according to the authors of A Manufactured Crisis. Berliner is Regents' professor and dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. Biddle is professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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  • Skewed Comparisons

    by RICHARD ROTHSTEIN


    "Then and now" studies of student performance, while few in number, do not deliver a true assessment of public education today, according to a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

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  • The Blob Revisited

    by NANCY PROTHEROE


    A new report by the Educational Research Service challenges the continuing misperceptions about the size and cost of central-office administration. Also: six leading myths and additional resources. Protheroe is the director of research at the Educational Research Service, Arlington, Va.

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  • A Defense from the Outside

    by STEPHEN P. HEYNEMAN


    U.S. schools command the world's envy for forging common bonds, while falling short in fostering in children a sense of due respect, according to a long-time educator with The World Bank. Heyneman is vice president for international operations, International Management and Development, Alexandria, Va.

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  • Breaking Down Barriers

    by JAY MATHEWS


    An education writer for The Washington Post reveals that when elite public high schools open their borders to students from less-advantaged homes, the gains can be significant.

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Profile

    Stephen L. Kleinsmith by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    Assistant to the superintendent, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, Neb.

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    Departments

    Focus

    Try Experiential Learning to Educate Your Board by MAX R. RILEY



    Superintendent, Plainville Community Schools, Plainville, Conn.

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    Focus

    E-mail Can Be Your Friend or Foe by ROBERT ERVIN



    Assistant superintendent, Bangor School Department, Bangor, Maine

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    Guest Column

    Whoops! Who Unplugged What? by RAYMOND D. WAIER


    Retired superintendent, Bella Vista, Ark.

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    Executive Perspective

    Preserving Public Education, Not Public Schools by PAUL D. HOUSTON


    Focus

    Safe School Plans Begin with Information Gathering by PAM RILEY and JOANNE McDANIEL



    Executive director, and Joanne McDaniel, research director, Center for the Prevention of School Violence, Raleigh, N.C.

     

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    Guest Column

    My Fight Against Depression by STEVE TOY



    Former superintendent, Shelley, Idaho

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    President's Corner

    Let's Become Champions of Learning by Daniel A. Domenech



    President, AASA

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