What's Gone Wrong in America's Classrooms

What's Gone Wrong in America's Classrooms

Editor: Williamson M. Evers
ISBN: 978-0-8179-9532-4
Publication Date: 7/15/1998
Pages: 190

America is, at present, a world leader in business, science, medicine, and technology. At the same time, children in America's public schools lag well behind children in other industrial countries. Worse, many of the school reforms promoted in America as new and innovative are in fact old and tiredt—often more than a century old. Moreover, there is no evidence that they work to boost student achievement. Essays in this volume identify key failures in modern American education and then show how parents, policymakers, and teachers can make changes that will raise the level of student performance. This book makes the case for content-rich education and explicit teaching. Its topics include

  • Roots of current reform ideas—and weaknesses of those ideas
  • Is education research scientific?
  • Why some children don't read
  • How to teach reading successfully
  • How to teach spelling successfully
  • Current American attitudes toward learning—how they block achievement in math and science
  • Testing student achievement—the perils and pitfalls
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    Williamson M. Evers

    Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, specializes in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school. Evers was the U.S. assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development from 2007 to 2009. He was a senior adviser to U.S. secretary of education Margaret Spellings during 2007. From July to December 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.continued




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