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Why Our Kids Don't Study: An Economist's Perspective


reviewed by Laurence Steinberg 1997

coverTitle: Why Our Kids Don't Study: An Economist's Perspective
Author(s): John D. Owen
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 080184925X, Pages: 136, Year: 1995
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With the exception of a few writers who inexplicably continue to contend that there is no real problem in American student achievement, or that whatever problems exist are limited to the rural or inner-city poor, most unbiased commentators on the education scene have noted for some time now that the lackluster performance of American students on tests of achievement and knowledge is matched by the low level of effort they exert in school. The litany is all too familiar: Compared with their counterparts in other industrialized countries, American students spend far less time on classwork, homework, and studying; and they spend far more time in activities that compete with, rather than complement, schooling-such as sports, socializing, and staffing the counters of fast-food restaurants. Recent reports from the National Education Goals Panel admit that the likelihood of our attaining the objectives of Goals 2000 are about as good as the odds of the New York Jets playing in a Super Bowl in that same period. While there... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 1, 1997, p. 217-220
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10269, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 6:01:02 AM

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