Children as Pawns: The Politics of Educational Reform by Timothy A. Hacsi

By Timothy A. Hacsi

Head begin. Bilingual schooling. Small classification measurement. Social promoting. college investment. almost each institution approach in the USA has needed to face those matters during the last thirty years. Advocates and dissenters have declared hopefully that "the study" is on their aspect. yet is it? within the first ebook to compile the hot background of academic coverage and politics with the learn proof, Timothy Hacsi provides the illuminating, often-forgotten tales of those 5 arguable issues. He sifts during the advanced assessment examine literature and compares the guidelines which were followed to the easiest facts approximately what truly works. He lucidly explains what the key reviews convey, what they do not, and the way they've been misunderstood and misrepresented. Hacsi exhibits how hardly academic regulations are in response to sturdy learn proof, and the way courses that sound believable easily don't fulfill the complicated wishes of genuine little ones.

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By January 1965 Dr. Robert E. Cooke, pediatrician-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, had been chosen to gather a group of experts from various fields to plan a preschool program. In keeping with the rushed planning of the War on Poverty in general, the group had only a few months for its work. Cooke’s selection as the head of the Head Start Planning Committee assured that the program would be comprehensive, focusing on health issues as well as educational ones. The committee could have modeled its proposal on already-existing nursery school programs, perhaps adding something here or there, but it did not.

31 agreement, however. Some studies that followed children into kindergarten or first grade found that Head Start graduates started off more prepared for school than other children from comparable backgrounds, but they also found that this advantage “faded out” and other children quickly caught up. The impact of Head Start was real, but whether or not that impact lasted any significant period of time was another issue altogether. And what exactly that impact actually was remained far from clear.

Once in office in 1969, Richard Nixon moved Head Start to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). When Edward Zigler replaced Jule Sugarman as overseer of Head Start, he learned of an Office of Management and Budget plan to gradually phase out Head Start over the next three years. Zigler’s lobbying efforts and the program’s grassroots support saved it. There was also some crucial support in the administration. Caspar Weinberger, secretary of HEW in the early 1970s, became a Head Start supporter after visits to some local programs.

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