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Beyond Tracking: Multiple Pathways to College, Career, and Civic Participation


reviewed by Michael D. Usdan February 05, 2009

coverTitle: Beyond Tracking: Multiple Pathways to College, Career, and Civic Participation
Author(s): Jeanne Oakes and Marisa Saunders (Eds.)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 193474204X, Pages: 280, Year: 2008
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Beyond Tracking makes a persuasive case for radical reform of the American high school through a multiple pathways approach designed to meet the divergent needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Beyond Tracking compellingly calls for transformative changes in the fundamental structures and processes of secondary education. High school reform has been a persistent issue for decades. The issue has a contemporary saliency, however, that makes this volume particularly timely. The country is faced with virtually unprecedented domestic and international problems. The global economy is increasingly competitive, and America’s worldwide economic and political hegemony is undeniably diminished. Demographic changes are profoundly reshaping the nation’s population. Definitions of majority-minority are shifting as school populations are increasingly of color, particularly in urban areas and in large megastates like California, Texas, Florida and New York. The numbers and impact of these new populations make the need for school improvement and equalized educational opportunity an imperative... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 05, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15515, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 3:32:29 AM

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  • Michael Usdan
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    MICHAEL D. USDAN served as President of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) from 1981 through 2001. As of July 1, 2001, he became a Senior Fellow at the organization.
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