A Primer on America's Schools

A Primer on America's Schools

Editor: Terry M. Moe
ISBN: 978-0-8179-9942-1
Publication Date: 7/16/2001
Pages: 340

In this volume the eleven members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education provide a broad overview of the American education system—pulling together basic facts about its structure and operation, identifying key problems that hinder its performance, and offering perspectives on the requirements of genuine reform.

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Terry M. Moe

Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 education, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He is an expert on educational policy, U.S. political institutions, and organization theory. His current research projects are concerned with school choice, public bureaucracy, and the presidency.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword
   John Raisian vii   pdf Contributors xi   pdf Introduction
   Terry M. Moe xv   pdf CHAPTER 1
American Traditions of Education
   Diane Ravitch 1   pdf CHAPTER 2
The System
   John E. Chubb 15   pdf CHAPTER 3
Achievement in American Schools
   Herbert J. walberg 43   pdf CHAPTER 4
Spending on Schools
   Eric A. Hanushek 69   pdf CHAPTER 5
If Families Matter Most, Where Do Schools Come In?
   Caroline M. Hoxby
The Hoover Institution
gratefully acknowledges
the following individuals and foundations
for their significant support of the
 
Initiative
on
American Public Education
 
KORET FOUNDATION
TAD AND DIANNE TAUBE
LYNDE AND HARRY BRADLEY FOUNDATION
BOYD AND JILL SMITH
JACK AND MARY LOIS WHEATLEY
FRANKLIN ADN CATHERINE JOHNSON
JERRY AND PATTI HUME
DORIS AND DONALD FISHER
 


The Hoover Institution
gratefully acknowledges generous support from
 
TAD AND DIANNE TAUBE
TAUBE FAMILY FOUNDATION
KORET FOUNDATION
 
Founders of the Program on
American Instituions and Economic Performance
 
and Cornerstone gifts from
 
SARAH SCAIFE FOUNDATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword
   John Raisian
vii   pdf
Contributors xi   pdf
Introduction
   Terry M. Moe
xv   pdf
CHAPTER 1
American Traditions of Education
   Diane Ravitch
1   pdf
CHAPTER 2
The System
   John E. Chubb
15   pdf
CHAPTER 3
Achievement in American Schools
   Herbert J. walberg
43   pdf
CHAPTER 4
Spending on Schools
   Eric A. Hanushek
69   pdf
CHAPTER 5
If Families Matter Most, Where Do Schools Come In?
   Caroline M. Hoxby
89   pdf
CHAPTER 6
Getting Better Teachers—and Treating Them Right
   Chester E. Finn Jr.
127   pdf
CHAPTER 7
Teachers Unions and the Public Schools
   Terry M. Moe
151   pdf
CHAPTER 8
Curriculum and Competence
   E.D. Hirsch Jr.
185   pdf
CHAPTER 9
Standards and Accountability
   Williamson M. Evers
205   pdf
CHAPTER 10
Choice in American Education
   Paul E. Peterson
249   pdf
CHAPTER 11
What Is Public about Public Education
   Paul T. Hill
285   pdf
Index 317   pdf

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, who went on to become the thirty-first president of the United States, is an interdisciplinary research center for advanced study on domestic and international affairs. The views expressed in its publications are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, officers, or Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution.

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Hoover Institution Press Publication No. 486

Copyright © 2001 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher.

First Printing 2001

Manufactured in the United States of America

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

A primer on America's schools / edited by Terry M. Moe.
p. cm.—(Hoover Institution Press publication; no. 486)
"An assessment by the Koret Task Force on K–12 education"—Cover.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8179-9941-8 (alk. paper)—ISBN 0-8179-9942-6 (alk. paper)
1. Education—United States. 2. Educational change—United States.
I. Moe, Terry M. II. Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. III. Hoover Institution Press publication ; 486.

LA210.P677 2001
370'.973—dc21          2001024650

 



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