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Rescuing the Public Schools: What It Will Take to Leave No Child Behind

reviewed by Anthony P. Cavanna - August 01, 2007

coverTitle: Rescuing the Public Schools: What It Will Take to Leave No Child Behind
Author(s): Evans Clinchy
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747637 , Pages: 144, Year: 2007
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The most important mission of our public schools has been to prepare and educate caring, well-informed, and knowledgeable citizens. Evans Clinch argues that “…the present organizational structure of our Western system of education—and especially the structure of our scientifically managed, factory-model American public school system—is culturally and educationally obsolete.”   Many of our nation’s schools—schools cited locally and nationally for high levels of student success and achievement—will be deemed failures by 2014, according to the criteria of the No Child Left behind (NCLB) Act. The national agenda on education has changed, from recognizing that public education has the potential to prepare productive citizens, to one that appears to have been shaped so that the American public will lose faith in its public school systems. NCLB seems to have been designed to humiliate schools rather than to support them in their efforts to raise achievement for all students. Beyond leading to the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 01, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14573, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 6:30:27 PM

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    • Anthony Cavanna
      American Institutes for Research
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      ANTHONY P. CAVANNA, Ed.D., is a School Reform Scientist/Vice President for Education Systems Design at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. He is a former public school teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools and a former professor of Educational Practice at New York University. He currently serves as the Board Chair of the City Collegiate Public Charter School in Washington, DC. At the American Institutes for Research, his current projects include school turnaround work to improve school leadership and student achievement in needy urban school districts, a Gates/KnowledgeWorks project on the implementation of small high schools, and the Ohio Score Reporting Project for the Ohio State Content Standards (grades 312). His most recent publications include: The Autonomy Gap: Barriers to Effective School Leadership and Challenging the Status Quo: Research Matters/The Potential of the Portfolio Approach.
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