In the Name of Excellence: The Struggle to Reform the Nation's Schools, Why It's Failing, and What Should Be Done

Thomas Toch, Author Oxford University Press, USA $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-19-505761-4
The crusade for excellence in public education during the past decade is shown in this comprehensive study to be basically two-pronged, advocating schooling for all through high school and raising academic standards. Yet, as Toch, a reporter for U. S. News and World Report , gleans from visits to more than 60 schools nationwide and from his review of research papers, ``educational excellence remains a scarce commodity in the public schools.'' Many factors tend to constrain the reform movement, among them demographic developments, student/teacher alienation and unionism. Toch contends, however, in this thoughtful, provocative analysis, that with reassessment and expansion, the reform movement can meet the expectations it has rightfully raised in a democratic society. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-19-507717-9
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