The School Administrator

May 2004

May 2004Public SchoolsEssays by Benjamin Barber, John Goodlad and Patricia Graham


  • Taking the Public Out of Education

    by Benjamin R. Barber

    Something is deeply disturbing about current political rhetoric that has seized on de-publicizing America’s schools. A pre-eminent scholar on American democracy argues that the process of acquiring rights and responsibilities as citizens chiefly comes through public education.

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  • Fulfilling the Public Purpose of Schooling

    by John I. Goodlad

    The president of the Institute for Educational Inquiry and a profilic author on the state of schools contends leadership’s highest calling is the education of the young in support of more | purchase issue
  • Whom Should Our Schools Serve?

    by Patricia Albjerg Graham

    Whose interests should the public schools serve – the nation’s or my child’s? – asks the Charles Warren research professor of the history of education at Harvard, in opening her essay on the need to serve both more | purchase issue
  • Accountability for Promoting Democracy

    by Kenneth A. Sirotnik

    The late author, a professor of educational leadership at the University of Washington, details the need of replacing a movement fueled by high-stakes measures with an alternative approach more consistent with a democratic society that he calls “responsibilism.” The writing is drawn from his just-published book, Holding Accountability more | purchase issue
  • Laboratories of Democracy

    by Charles C. Haynes and Sam Chaltain

    School communities shape their culture by teaching and modeling individual rights, civic responsibilities and concern for the common good.

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  • Reclaiming the Promise

    by Alan Blankstein and Pedro Noguera

    Six elements shared by high-performing schools where failure is not an option are illustrated in schools in Berkeley, Calif., and Norfolk, Va., visited by these more | purchase issue


    William R. McNeal Jr.: A Major Fan of Oz, But Not a Cowardly Lion by Jay P. Goldman

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    Punchback: Answering Critics

    Could Administrative Funding Be Better Spent? by John Forsyth

    The president of the Educational Research Service says the facts don’t support the notion that money now spent on administration could be channeled more productively to more
    Guest Columns

    The Urbanization of Suburban Schools by Marc F. Bernstein

    A Long Island superintendent on the pressure of dealing with inner-city forces far removed from the urban more

    The Odyssey of Religion in the Schools by Joseph Graves

    When it comes to dealing with expressions of faith, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, in the view of the superintendent in Mitchell, more

    The Continuing Legacy of Brown by Charles V. Willie

    Foremost among what the Brown decision has taught, says this Harvard educator, is the folly of seeking excellence without also promoting justice and equity among all more

    If It Ain’t Broke, Who Will Fix It? by Robert A. Medved

    Discouraging bright students from considering vocational studies will have serious more

    No Nation Left Behind by Tom Rogers

    Taking the words of a federal education official to heart, the author discovers the answer to complex national problems is simply a matter of more

    The Test by Stefano Flavoni

    A 5th grader articulates as well as any the frenzy of high-stakes testing in a short poem shared by his district’s more


    News about the career moves of school system leaders nationwide. The Sidelight shines on a Connecticut superintendent who races stock cars on the more
    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Whose Job Is It To Lead Reform? by Donald R. McAdams

    School boards deserve a greater share in decisions about school reform, says the president of the Center for Reform of School more
    President’s Corner

    ‘Never a Better’ AASA Gathering by John R. Lawrence, president, AASA

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    Executive Perspective

    On Becoming a Hope Pusher by Paul D. Houston, executive director, AASA

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