Redesigning education

From Education, Franklin Thompson and William Austin (Nebraska): The Gender Role Perceptions of Male Students at a Prestigious, Single-gender, Catholic High School; and Kyle McCallumore, Ervin Sparapani (SVSU): The Importance of the Ninth Grade on High School Graduation Rates and Student Success in High School. Redesigning education: An article on rethinking the school corridor. Accountability in education is here to stay — but you try creating tests that equally suit Texans and Hawaiians. Forcing all high school students onto a college-prep track is not only wrong, it's dumb. The boys have fallen behind: Encouraging boys to read books about monsters and explosions could help improve their faltering verbal skills. Dana Goldstein on kids' dismal reading scores — and a movement to get them to put down Twilight and pick up nonfiction. Mark Bauerlein on avoidance of nonfiction in schools. A review of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry by Todd Farley. A review of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck (and more and more and more). New insights into the nature of learning, memory, and intelligence may prove valuable in the classroom. Diane Ravitch on a new agenda for school reform (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education and a symposium at TNR). Education in Nihilism: A broadside on a political and social structure that undermines free public education at every opportunity. A review of Public Education — America’s Civil Religion: A Social History by Carl Bankston and Stephen Caldas. An interview with Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America.