Spring 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 1
What to do about it
Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer
How should we pay teachers?
She was asking for the barest of minimums: her child’s safety
Curing American education of its enduring belief that learning is natural
A 1962 RAND Corporation study on teacher pay described teacher salary schedules in the following way:
How choice would affect teachers
Who would choose private schools?
For most of the century just past, and into the current one, school districts have paid their teachers according to a “single salary schedule,” a pay scheme that bases an individual teacher’s salary on two factors: years of experience (steps) and number of education credits and degrees (lanes).
The recent entry of for-profit schools into the K–12 arena is an intriguing trend.
During the 1999–2000 school year, public school districts spent some $35 billion on goods and services provided by private, for-profit businesses—about 10 percent of the nation’s annual K–12 education budget.
Will it benefit kids?
CHECK THE FACTS
What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? by Stephen P. Klein et al.
Improving Student Achievement: What NAEP State Test Scores Tell Us by David W. Grissmer et al.
Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy by Stephen Macedo Asking the schools to mold good citizens—again
Progressive ideals, lost in translation