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Education: Opposing Viewpoints


Education: Opposing Viewpoints

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 9

Introduction 12

Chapter 1:What Is the State of Public Education?

Chapter Preface 16

1. The Quality of Public Education Has Declined 17

Karl Zinsmeister

2. The Quality of Public Education Has Not Declined 26

David C. Berliner

3. Poor Commitment to Academic Achievement

Hampers Public Education 32

Laurence Steinberg

4. Low Expectations Hamper Public Education 37

James White

5. Racial and Financial Inequities Hamper Public

Education 41

Kati Haycock

6. Poorly Trained Teachers Hamper Public Education 46

Lawrence W. Reed

Periodical Bibliography 51

Chapter 2: Should Parents Be Allowed to Choose

Their Childrens Schools?

Chapter Preface 53

1. The Government Should Offer School Tuition

Vouchers 54

Donald Lambro

2. The Government Should Not Offer School Tuition

Vouchers 58

National Education Association

3. Choice Programs Should Include Religious Schools 64

Part I: Charles J. Chaput, Part II: Reggie White and Sara White

4. Religious Schools Will Be Harmed by Choice

Programs 70

Llewellyn H. Rockwell

5. Charter Schools Are Beneficial 76

Jeff Jacoby

6. Charter Schools May Be Harmful 80

Gary Orfield

7. Homeschooling Is Viable 84

Lawrence W. Reed

8. Homeschooling May Not Be Viable 89

Katherine Pfleger

Periodical Bibliography 93

Chapter 3: Are Multicultural Approaches Good for


Chapter Preface 95

1. Multicultural Education Is Beneficial 96

Part I: James A. Banks, Part II: Gena Dagel Caponi

2. Multicultural Education Is Counterproductive 103

Thomas J. Famularo

3. Curricula and Textbooks Should Reflect

Multiculturalism 109

Cameron McCarthy

4. Textbooks Favoring Multiculturalism Distort

History 118

Alvin J. Schmidt

5. Bilingual Education Is Beneficial 126

Ofelia Garcia

6. Bilingual Education Is a Failure 130

Linda Chavez

Periodical Bibliography 135

Chapter 4:What Role Should Religious and Moral

Values Play in Public Education?

Chapter Preface 137

1. Schools Should Teach Moral Values 138

Christina Hoff Sommers

2. Schools Cannot Teach Moral Values 144

David R. Carlin

3. School-Sponsored Prayer Should Be Allowed 148

Ann Donnelly

4. School-Sponsored Prayer Is Unconstitutional 152

Tom Peters, Jim Allison, and Susan Batte

5. Scientific Evidence Against Evolution and for

Creation Should Be Included in Science Curricula 158

Robert E. Kofahl

6. Creationism Should Not Be Included in Science

Curricula 163

Eugenie Scott, interviewed by Leon Lynn

Periodical Bibliography 167

Chapter 5: How Could Public Education Be


Chapter Preface 169

1. Conservative Educational Policies Would Benefit

Public Schools 170

E.D. Hirsch Jr.

2. Progressive Educational Policies Would Benefit

Public Schools 178

Deborah Meier

3. Increased Funding Would Improve Public

Education 187

Jesse Jackson

4. Increased Funding Does Not Improve Public

Education 191

Walter Williams

5. Ending Social Promotions Would Improve

Academic Achievement 195

Bill Clinton

6. Flunking Students Does Not Improve Academic

Achievement 200

Ernest R. House

Periodical Bibliography 203

For Further Discussion 204

Organizations to Contact 207

Bibliography of Books 212


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