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Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools?

reviewed by Monica McKinney - 2004

coverTitle: Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools?
Author(s): Larry Cuban
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807742945, Pages: 112, Year: 2003
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Perusing through recent issues of Phi Delta Kappan (January 2003 - June 2003), it is not difficult to identify the educational issues of our time: standards, performance, high-stakes testing, the achievement gap, and research-based practices (for student learning, for teacher development, and for effective school leadership). The media cries out almost daily that our schools are broken and something must be done to fix them. A Nation At Risk, Goals 2000, No Child Left Behindóall have fed the frenzy. According to last yearís Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the publicís attitudes toward the public schools, only 24% of those polled gave the nationís schools a grade of A or B (Rose & Gallup, 2002). In Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools? Cuban argues that business interests in the United States have been allowed to define good too narrowly. Preparation for the workplace and individual social mobility have superceded civic, democratic purposes of schooling. In this brief volume, based on his series of Julius... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 320-322
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11180, Date Accessed: 4/18/2021 1:04:50 AM

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  • Monica McKinney
    Meredith College
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    MONICA McKINNEY is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina. Her research interests include classroom environments, the arts in education, and issues in qualitative research. Her most recent publication, "Space Matters: The A+ Schools Program and the ABCs of Education", appeared in Educational Foundations.
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