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A Primer on America's Schools


reviewed by Jonathon Gillette — 2003

coverTitle: A Primer on America's Schools
Author(s): Terry M. Moe (Editor)
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford
ISBN: 0817999426, Pages: 324, Year: 2001
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A Primer on America’s Schools is the centerpiece outcome of the Hoover Institute’s “Initiative on American Public Education.”  As stated by John Raisian in the Foreword, the Initiative was launched “with the overall goal of presenting pertinent facts surrounding the current debate, contributing to the debate as a constructive commentator, and generating new ideas related to educational reform.”  To reach that goal, the Institute formed what became known as the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. A Primer is a collection of essays from eleven of the task force members.   All eleven are familiar to most students of educational policy and their chapters address topics that each has long championed.  The book begins with Diane Ravitch exploring educational history and ends with Paul Hill’s examination of what makes a school public. In between are contributions from John Chubb on the educational system as a whole, Herbert Walberg on achievement patterns, Eric Hanushek on school finance and achievement, Caroline Hoxby on families and school reform, Chester Finn on teacher preparation and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 91-97
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10966, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:55:06 PM

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  • Jonathon Gillette
    Yale University
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    JONATHON GILLETTE is the Director of the Teacher Preparation Program at Yale University. He is also a Lecturer in the Sociology Department and has an appointment at the Child Study Center. His writing and research focuses on the nature of the task of teaching in context, group and organizational dynamics, and school reform.
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