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The Bully and The Pulpit

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Sunday, November 1, 1998

A new model for church-state partnerships

Busing’s Boston Massacre

by Matthew Richervia Policy Review
Sunday, November 1, 1998

A Boston judge’s experiment in social engineering has unraveled neighborhoods and frustrated black achievement

Opportunity Without Preference

by D.W. Millervia Policy Review
Sunday, November 1, 1998

Colleges that set the standard for boosting black achievement

The Big Enchilada

by Michael Baronevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Who will govern the Golden State? Hoover media fellow Michael Barone examines the gubernatorial race between Democrat Gray Davis and Republican Dan Lungren—and concludes that on one issue, education, the returns are already in.

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How Progressive Education Gets It Wrong

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

John Dewey invented progressive education a hundred years ago. It was wrong then and hasn’t gotten better. By Hoover fellow Williamson M. Evers.

School Vouchers: The Next Great Leap Forward

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Milton and Rose D. Friedman have made a career of advocating radical changes in public policy and economic thinking. Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes recently spoke with the Friedmans about their latest cause.

Bilingual Education: A Critique

by Peter J. Duignanvia Analysis
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Bilingual education has been a subject of national debate since the 1960s. This essay traces the evolution of that debate from its origin in the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Bilingual Education Act (1968), which decreed that a child should be instructed in his or her native tongue for a transitional year while she or he learned English but was to transfer to an all-English classroom as fast as possible. These prescriptions were ignored by bilingual enthusiasts; English was neglected, and Spanish language and cultural maintenance became the norm.

Bilingual education was said to be essential for the purposes of gaining a new sense of pride for the Hispanics and to resist Americanization. The Lau v. Nichols (1974) decision stands out as a landmark on the road to bilingual education for those unable to speak English: bilingual education moved away from a transitional year to a multiyear plan to teach children first in their home language, if it was not English, before teaching them in English. This facilitation theory imprisoned Spanish speakers in classrooms where essentially only Spanish was taught, and bilingual education became Spanish cultural maintenance with English limited to thirty minutes a day. The essay discusses the pros and cons of bilingual education.

Criticism of bilingual education has grown as parents and numerous objective analyses have shown it was ineffective, kept students too long in Spanish-only classes, and slowed the learning of English and assimilation into American society. High dropout rates for Latino students, low graduation rates from high schools and colleges have imprisoned Spanish speakers at the bottom of the economic and educational ladder in the United States.

This revolt, the defects of bilingual education, and the changes needed to restore English for the Children are covered in the essay. The implications of Proposition 227 abolishing bilingual education in California are also discussed.

Support Your Local Charter School

by Bruno V. Manno, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Civic entrepreneurs will be critical to the success of these fledgling independent public schools


by Eugene W. Hickokvia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Eugene Hickok, Pennsylvania’s education chief, on higher standards for teacher training One man’s crusade to hold a government agency accountable to the taxpayer

Numero Uno

by Tyce Palmaffyvia Policy Review
Tuesday, September 1, 1998

El Paso superintendent Anthony Trujillo sets the standard for urban schools


K-12 Education Task Force

The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency.

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