The Same Thing Over and Over
How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday's Ideas

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    The Same Thing Over and Over
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    9780674055827
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    5.5" x 8.25"
  • 304 Hardcover pages

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In this genial and challenging overview of the endless debates over school reform, Frederick M. Hess shows that even bitter opponents who argue about how to improve schools agree on much more than they realize when it comes to the need for radically overhauling our schools. Failing to recognize that measures like merit pay and mayoral control are far too modest in their aims, today’s reformers get caught up in overwrought rhetoric and distracted by ineffectual tinkering.

Arguing that a fundamentally nineteenth-century system isn't capable of fulfilling our twenty first-century ambitions, Hess suggests that uniformity gets in the way of quality and a taste for ready-made "fixes" stifles necessary problem solving. He calls for a much wider variety of schooling options to better meet student needs and cultivate the different kinds of talents required in a vastly more complex and demanding society. Slashing through the tangled thickets of dogma on the left and right, he explains how we can clear the ground for transformation of the American school system.

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at AEI.

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