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Sandra Stotsky is professor of education emerita, University of Arkansas, and was Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1999-2003. She has authored several books and many reports and articles on the school curriculum, K-12 standards, teacher training, and teacher licensing tests.
Chapter 1. The Current Education Problem
Chapter 2. The Political Context for the Education of Low-Achieving Students
Chapter 3. Highlights of Early U.S. Educational History
Chapter 4. Fragmentation of the English Curriculum in the 20th Century
Chapter 5. Evolving Explanations of Low Achievement; How Well Education Programs and Strategies Have Addressed It
Chapter 6. Who Should Teach Low-Achieving Students—and All the Others?
Chapter 7. Testing Concerns
Chapter 8. What Might Desperate Policy Makers Do?
Chapter 9. What Could State Legislatures with a Spine Do?
Chapter 10. Policies to Reduce Adolescent Under-Achievement or High School Drop-Outs
About the Author
Sandra Stotsky differs from most other commentators on public education in one crucial respect. While many of them push their untested (or demonstrably ineffective) ideas to achieve “transformation,” Stotsky actually knows what transformation looks like – because she helped achieve it in Massachusetts. From her guidance in catapulting the Massachusetts public schools to international prominence, to her untiring campaign against the wretched mediocrity of the Common Core standards, Stotsky has demonstrated a deep knowledge of “what works” and an eloquent impatience with those who advance policies that hurt the children to whom she has devoted her life. Her new book is unflinching in analyzing the problems and provocative in offering solutions. It offers a bracing alternative to the federal government/private foundation/corporate cartel that tramples the Constitution and the evidence in pursuit of its own agenda. Parents owe a great debt to Sandra Stotsky.
— Emmett McGroarty, Education Director, American Principles Project
Thank you for writing a book that presents the cold hard truth about the current status of our public education system. Your honesty about the “achievement gap” and the need for education policy makers to get real about the causes is refreshing. Your consistent message about the importance of local control, and that parental rights and involvement are key, is greatly appreciated.
— Tami Carlone, Stop Common Core in Michigan