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Harris, Douglas N. – University of Chicago Press, 2020
In the wake of the tragedy and destruction that came with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, public schools in New Orleans became part of an almost unthinkable experiment--eliminating the traditional public education system and completely replacing it with charter schools and school choice. Fifteen years later, the results have been remarkable, and the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Natural Disasters, Educational Change, School Choice
Turner, Erica O. – University of Chicago Press, 2020
For the past five years, American public schools have enrolled more students identified as Black, Latinx, American Indian, and Asian than white. At the same time, more than half of US school children now qualify for federally subsidized meals, a marker of poverty. The makeup of schools is rapidly changing, and many districts and school boards are…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, American Indian Students
Selber, Stuart A. – University of Chicago Press, 2020
Information technologies have become an integral part of writing and communication courses, shaping the ways students and teachers think about and do their work. But, too often, teachers and other educational stakeholders take a passive or simply reactive role in institutional approaches to technologies, and this means they are missing out on the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teacher Collaboration, Communications, Technology Integration
Dwyer, James G.; Peters, Shawn F. – University of Chicago Press, 2019
In "Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice," James G. Dwyer and Shawn F. Peters examine homeschooling's history, its methods, and the fundamental questions at the root of the heated debate over whether and how the state should oversee and regulate it. The authors trace the evolution of homeschooling and the…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Educational History, Educational Policy, Government Role
Kaufman, Michael – University of Chicago Press, 2019
Work hard in school, graduate from a top college, establish a high-paying professional career, enjoy the long-lasting reward of happiness. This is the American Dream--and yet basic questions at the heart of this competitive journey remain unanswered. Does competitive success, even rarified entry into the Ivy League and the top one percent of…
Descriptors: Success, Competition, Psychological Patterns, Undergraduate Students
Ben-Porath, Sigal R.; Johanek, Michael C. – University of Chicago Press, 2019
If free market advocates had total control over education policy, would the shared public system of education collapse? Would school choice revitalize schooling with its innovative force? With proliferating charters and voucher schemes, would the United States finally make a dramatic break with its past and expand parental choice? Those are not…
Descriptors: School Choice, Public Education, Magnet Schools, Charter Schools
Childress, Herb – University of Chicago Press, 2019
Class ends. Students pack up and head back to their dorms. The professor, meanwhile, goes to her car . . . to catch a little sleep, and then eat a cheeseburger in her lap before driving across the city to a different university to teach another, wholly different class. All for a paycheck that, once prep and grading are factored in, barely reaches…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Institutional Mission, Adjunct Faculty, Educational Change
Hoxby, Caroline M., Ed.; Stange, Kevin, Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2019
How do the benefits of higher education compare with its costs, and how does this comparison vary across individuals and institutions? These questions are fundamental to quantifying the productivity of the education sector. The studies in "Productivity in Higher Education" use rich and novel administrative data, modern econometric…
Descriptors: Productivity, Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Outcomes of Education
Gamson, David A. – University of Chicago Press, 2019
From the 1890s through World War II, the greatest hopes of American progressive reformers lay not in the government, the markets, or other seats of power but in urban school districts and classrooms. "The Importance of Being Urban" focuses on four western school systems--in Denver, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle--and their efforts to…
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Change, Progressive Education, School Districts
Brighthouse, Harry; Ladd, Helen F.; Loeb, Susanna; Swift, Adam – University of Chicago Press, 2018
We spend a lot of time arguing about how schools might be improved. But we rarely take a step back to ask what we as a society should be looking for from education--what exactly should those who make decisions be trying to achieve? In "Educational Goods," two philosophers and two social scientists address this very question. They begin…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Educational Objectives
Rebell, Michael A. – University of Chicago Press, 2018
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Best Practices, Civics
Ewing, Eve L. – University of Chicago Press, 2018
"Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools." That's how Eve L. Ewing opens "Ghosts in the Schoolyard": describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside. The way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt. But Ewing knows Chicago…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, School Closing, Disadvantaged Schools, Public Schools
Curren, Randall; Dorn, Charles – University of Chicago Press, 2018
Should schools attempt to cultivate patriotism? If so, why? And what conception of patriotism should drive those efforts? Is patriotism essential to preserving national unity, sustaining vigorous commitment to just institutions, or motivating national service? Are the hazards of patriotism so great as to overshadow its potential benefits? Is there…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Citizenship Education, Civics, Social Justice
Hassrick, Elizabeth McGhee; Raudenbush, Stephen W.; Rosen, Lisa – University of Chicago Press, 2017
The challenge of overcoming educational inequality in the United States can sometimes appear overwhelming, and great controversy exists as to whether or not elementary schools are up to the task, whether they can ameliorate existing social inequalities and initiate opportunities for economic and civic flourishing for all children. This book shows…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Elementary Education, Equal Education, Educational Change
Labaree, David F. – University of Chicago Press, 2017
Read the news about America's colleges and universities--rising student debt, affirmative action debates, and conflicts between faculty and administrators--and it's clear that higher education in this country is a total mess. But as David F. Labaree reminds us in this book, it's always been that way. And that's exactly why it has become the most…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Entrepreneurship, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
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