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  • May 18, 2000

    Testing, Testing

    With education among the electorate's top priorities, the phrase "higher standards" has become ubiquitous in political campaigns across the country.

    Gary Orfield and Johanna Wald

  • May 3, 2000

    The Details of Life

    This article is adapted from Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope (Crown).

    Jonathan Kozol

  • March 30, 2000

    The New U

    While the public has been napping, the American university has been busily reinventing itself.

    David L. Kirp

  • February 16, 2000

    Education and the Election

    By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na

    Peter Schrag

  • February 16, 2000

    An Antisocial Idea

    Just because the ed whiz-biz politicians and the education bureaucrats have announced the end of "social promotion" doesn't mean that it ever existed--not for the past thirty years, anyway.

    Susan Ohanian

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  • September 30, 1999

    Standardized Schools

    Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should march in lockst

    Susan Ohanian

  • September 18, 1999

    ‘Finality’ or Justice?

    Remember the bizarre daycare center "ritual abuse" trials of the eighties--the McMartin case in Los Angeles, the Little Rascals case in Edenton, North Carolina, the Kelly Michaels case in New J

    Katha Pollitt

  • September 16, 1999

    George W. Bush’s Education Plan

    A public school whose students don't test well
    Would lose some funds unless its score improves.
    If cutting funds won't help the kids advance,

    Calvin Trillin

  • September 16, 1999

    Inherit an Ill Wind

    Way down in Georgia last month, REM lead singer Michael Stipe paused in the middle of a solo during a rock concert because he had Kansas on his mind.

    Larry Witham and Edward Larson

  • September 9, 1999

    Students for Sale

    Research support was provided by the Open Society Institute and the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.

    Steven Manning