School Choice or Best Systems: What Improves Education?
reviewed by Susan P. Silver — 2003
Title: School Choice or Best Systems: What Improves Education?
Author(s): Margaret C. Wang and Herbert J. Walberg (Editors)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805834869 , Pages: 256, Year: 2001
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The perennial advocacy for vouchers and public support of private education for some students has been joined in recent years by a movement toward accountability-driven reforms in public education systems for all students. School Choice or Best Systems: What Improves Education? edited by Margaret C. Wang and Herbert J. Walberg purports to present current research and examples of educational improvement efforts along a continuum ranging from “parental choice” to “best systems.” The book is composed of papers originally presented at a conference in late 1998 designed to provoke discussion of widely differing views on how best to improve student success. Individual authors make a case first for school choice, then for systemic reform; the book concludes with a chapter on relevant policy issues and an attempt by the editors to draw some useful conclusions. In Part I of the book, “School Choice,” editor Walberg teams up with Joseph Bast to describe public choice theory (i.e., the application of economic methods to the study of social and political institutions)... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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