Fall 2003: Vol. 3, No. 4

Ignorance and Confidence

Mark Twain once said, "To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and...

Who Should Lead?

Finding principals and superintendents who will transform America’s schools

Lifting the Barrier

Eliminating the state-mandated licensure of principles and superintendents is the first step in recruiting and training a generation of leaders capable of transforming America’s schools

Out with the Old

University-based school administration programs are incoherent, undercapitalized, and disconnected from the districts where graduates are most likely to seek employment. There is much to be learned from the way business and the military train their leaders

The Power to Perform

Attracting nontraditional leaders to education will require increasing their authority and compensation, conditioned on getting results

The Neutrality Principle

Joshua Davey was once intent on becoming a minister, a plan that cost him...
Figure 1: Growth in percentage of students given special accomodations when taking the SAT, 1987-2001

Disabling the SAT

The College Board undermines its premier test

Puzzled States

In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed a comprehensive revision of the Elementary...

The Politics of No Child Left Behind

The scene in January 2002 was a civics text come to life. Flanked by...


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