Jack Jennings education policy and reform #jackjenningsdc
Jack Jennings education policy and reform #jackjenningsdc
Jack Jennings education policy and reform #jackjenningsdc
Jack Jennings education policy and reform #jackjenningsdc
Jack Jennings | Education Policy and Reform | Education Legislation and History #jackjenningsdc

Fatigued by School Reform

New book by Jack Jennings available to order now!

by Jack Jennings

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Fatigued by School Reform, by Jack Jennings

After a half-a-century of school reform, a majority of Americans consider the public schools as worse today than when they attended school. Those reforms missed the mark because they were not focused on the backgrounds of the students’ parents--by far the most important indicator of students' progress in school. The importance of parents was documented by the Coleman Report more than 50 years ago.

School reform must be continued but re-directed to over-come the power of low parental socio-economic status. The best way to improve the schools is to create a better, fairer economy providing parents with good jobs and decent wages. In the meantime, good pre-school, after-school, and other aids are needed to help students from low income families.

Teacher quality, although not as influential as the parents' backgrounds, is the second most significant indicator of student success. Teachers, like parents, have not been the focus of the attention their importance deserves. In particular, teachers should be fairly paid, and their verbal and cognitive skills improved.

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Fifty Years of Federal Aid to Schools: excerpts

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A Strong Voice from the Classroom

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Will Education Flourish After NCLB’s Repeal?

No other federal law has generated more hostility from teachers and other educators than the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). That statute has been denounced for causing too much testing of school children, making teachers “teach to the test” to avoid penalties, and...

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Career/Technical Education Helping Highschoolers

The U.S. has a cookie-cutter approach to secondary education: Stay in school; go to college; and we'll be happy. Those who don't go along are considered "victims." They must be helped to see the benefits of college. This is the judgement of Harold L. Sirkin, a...

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