ERIC Number: ED442819
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Publication Date: 2000
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Will Standards Save Public Education? New Democracy Forum Series.
The lead essay in this collection, "Educating a Democracy" by Deborah Meir, rejects the idea of a centralized authority that dictates how and what teachers teach. Standardization prevents citizens from shaping their own schools, classrooms, and communities. Schools teach democratic virtues and provide much of this teaching by example. Standardization can threaten this instruction. The following responses to Meier's essay are included: (1) "No Excuses" (Abigail Thernstrom); (2) "Making a Difference" (Bob Chase); (3) "Expert Opinion" (Gary B. Nash); (4) "Habits of Mind" (Linda Nathan); (5) "The Case for Standards" (Richard J. Murnane); (6) "The Standards Fraud" (William Ayers); and (7) "A Sense of Place" (Theodore Sizer). In closing, Deborah Meier answers these responses. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Centralization, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
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