THE GREAT DEBATE: What’s Wrong With Education In America?

The Great Debate

WHAT IS WRONG WITH EDUCATION IN AMERICA?

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10 years ago this month, President Bush signed the largest federal education reform legislation in decades, No Child Left Behind.

NCLB had all the buzzwords of the “education reform” movement of the time: increased standards, accountability for teachers and schools. It tied funding to achievement in standardized tests. It made small attempts to create “school choice” along the edge of the public-school system. And it was bipartisan; led by a Republican president, along with the Senate’s liberal lion, Ted Kennedy.

Far from creating a consensus about American education, NCLB was met with scepticism from all sides of the political spectrum.

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MEET THE DEBATERS

The Great Debate Education Lynnell Hancock

LYNNELL HANCOCK/Columbia Professor Let’s Change The Conversation

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Jacob Lewis Figment The Great Debate

JACOB LEWIS/Co-founder and CEO, Figment Students Need An Audience

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REBECCA FISHMAN-LIPSEY/Teach For America The Achievement Gap Is To Blame

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the great debate Steven Brill

STEVEN BRILL/Author and Entrepreneur We Need To Raise Expectations

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JOHN BRYAN STARR/Yale Lecturer Attract Better Teachers

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LAWRENCE SCANLON/Author and Professor There Are No Standards

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EDUCATION BY THE NUMBERS

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CHART: Education Spending Doesn’t Solve Education Problems

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CHART: Public High School Graduation Rates By State

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CHART: Education Spending Around The World

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