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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Rethinking Schools.

School Wise Press.

In the Library: Articles

Conniff, Ruth. "Edward Zigler [interview]," Progressive (6/02):30-35. Views of Yale developmental psychologist, "father of Head Start," on Bush approach to schools reform.

Editorial. "No school left unpunished," San Jose Mercury News (10/20/03). Critique of "No Child Left Behind Act" approach, guaranteed to fail in districts with many non-English speaking children.

Karen, David. "Scoring the SATs," Nation (12/13/99):40-44. Review of Lemann, The Big Test.

Kemper, Vicki. "Rebuilding the schoolhouse: author Jonathan Kozol talks about education reform, choice & Chelsea's school," Common Cause 19,1 (spr 1993).

Miller, Matthew. "A new deal for teachers," Atlantic (7-8/03):32-36.

Miner, Barbara. "Who's vouching for vouchers?" Nation (6/5/00):23-24.

Noguera, Pedro A. & Antwi Akom. "Disparities demystified," Nation (6/5/00):29-31. Racial differences in achievement derive from unequal treatment.

Oppenheimer, Todd. "Schooling the imagination," Atlantic (9/99).

Orfield, Gary & Johanna Wald. "Testing, testing." Nation (6/5/00). Mania for testing hurts poor
students most.

Sacks, Peter. “Testing times in higher ed,” Nation (6/24/02):25-31.

Schrag, Peter. "The education of Diane Ravitch," Nation (10/2/00):31-36. Review of Ravitch, Left Back.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Ayers, Rick; William Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn. Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment (NY, 2001).

Boles, Katherine C. Who’s Teaching your Children? (New Haven: Yale, 2003).

Cohen, Joshua & Joel Rogers (eds.) Will Standards Save Public Education? (Boston, 2000)

Cremin, Lawrence. The Transformation of the School: Progressivism in American Education (NY, 1961).

__________. Popular Education & its Discontents (NY, 1990).

Howard, Phillip K. The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom (NY: Ballantine, 2002).

Kohn, Alfie. The Schools Our Children Deserve (NY, 1999).

Kozol, Jonathan. Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts & Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools (Boston, 1967).

__________. Free Schools (Boston, 1972).

__________. On Being a Teacher (NY, 1981).

__________. Alternative Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents (NY, 1982).

__________. Illiterate America (NY, 1985).

__________. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (NY, 1991).

__________. Amazing Grace: the Lives of Children & the Conscience of a Nation (NY, 1995).

__________. Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope (NY, 2000).

Levin, Murray. Teach Me! Kids Will Learn when Oppression is the Lesson (NY: Monthly Review, 1998). Exploring the political and social thought of "at-risk" youth.

Lemann, Nicholas. The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy (NY, 1999).

Lowe, Robert & Barbara Miner (eds.) Selling Out Our Schools: Vouchers, Markets, & the Future of Public Education (Milwaukee, 1996).

Meier, Deborah. The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem (Boston, 1995).

Miner, Barbara (ed.) Classroom Crusades: Responding to the Religious Right's Agenda for Public Schools (Milwaukee, 1998).

Nairn, Allan et al. The Reign of ETS: The Corporation that Makes Up Minds (NY?, 1980). See also ETS, Response to Charges in the Nader-Nairn Report on the ETS (Princeton, 1980).

Oakes, Jeannie & John Ridgers with Martin Lipton. Learning Power: Organizing for Education & Justice (NY: Teachers College, 2006).

Oppenheimer, Todd. The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology in the Classroom & How Learning Can Be Saved (NY; Random House, 1999).

Ravitch, Diane. Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms (NY, 2000).

Rubin, Beth (ed.) Critical Voices in School Reform: Students Living Through Change (London : RoutledgeFalmer, 2003)

Selman, Robert L. The Promotion of Social Awareness: Powerful Lessons from the Partnership of Developmental Theory & Classroom Practice (NY: Russell Sage, 2003).

Swope, Katy & Barbara Miner. Failing Our Kids: Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools (Milwaukeee, 2000).

Teixeira, Ruy A. & Catherine Bloniarz. All-Day, All-Year Schools (NY: Century Foundation, 2004).

Tyack, David & Larry Cuban. Tinkering Toward Utopia (Cambridge MA, 1995).

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CD & Audio

Film & Video

"School, the Story of American Public Education" (2001), produced by Sarah Patton & Sarah Mondale, 55m. From Films for the Humanities & Social Sciences.

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