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School Choice: The Findings [Kindle Edition]

Herbert J. Walberg
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School Choice: The Findings is the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available summarizing the research on charter schools, vouchers, and public versus private school effectiveness. The focus is on rigorous studies - those using randomized control groups (as in medical research), those that monitor achievement changes over time, and those based on large numbers of students. The findings reviewed here go beyond academic achievement, covering students' civic engagement, cost comparisons across school types, and public and parental opinion about schools and school choice. The consensus of this research overwhelmingly favors competition and parental choice in education.

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  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (July 17, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XMT1F6
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good data on an Important Debate February 21, 2009
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This small publication brings a lot to the debate on school choice. Herb Walberg of the libertarian think tank, The Cato Institute, pulls together dozens of studies to show the impact of school choice. There are stats showing that in areas like Milwaukee and DC that school choice works. Public schools are failing because they have no competition. They have a monopoly on the education of middle-class and poor children. Moreover, this publication provides data and research that shows that public schools improve when they have to compete with private schools. School choice is overwhelmingly popular in poor minority communities. Test scores, reading and math levels and overall satisfaction improve greatly when parents are allowed to choose where their children attend school. Federal and state governments continue to pour billions of dollars into failing schools; meanwhile, a great solution is right in front of them, school choice. School Choice, The Findings, leaves the emotions out of the debate and gives ample evidence to support its position. It is well worth your time, if you have school-age children or are interested in this debate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deceiving and Biased July 17, 2010
Walberg distorts the facts and overlooks the harmful strategies so called "successful" charter schools use to raise test scores. Charter schools base their success on standardized tests. Consequently, they sacrifice a rich curriculum consisting of science, social studies, arts, music, language, and physical education. Instead they focus on test taking skills. Charter school graduates are good test takers.

Walberg also ignores the fact that the charter school movement is the brain child of corporations that would like to control the huge sum of money spent on education each year. They've realized that the only way they can accomplish a thorough takeover is to eliminate the democratic process by which citizens elect representatives to oversee schools. The CATO Institute that Walberg works for is a front for big money. I don't trust Walberg or the CATO Institute. Do a little research, and you'll understand why.

I recommend the following book by Diane Ravitch. It is objective, factual, and will soon be a best seller.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
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Herbert J. Walberg, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, taught for thirty-five years at Harvard and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Author or editor of more than sixty books, he has written extensively for educational and psychological scholarly journals on measuring and raising student achievement and human accomplishments. His most recent book is Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 2011). He was appointed a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Board for Educational Sciences and a fellow of several scholarly groups, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Education, and the Royal Statistical Society. He chairs the Beck Foundation and The Heartland Institute.


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