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Critical Issues in Educationis designed to be used in courses that examine current, relevant pro and con disputes about schools and schooling. By exploring the major opposing viewpoints on these issues, the text encourages education students to think critically and develop their own viewpoints. The clear writing and dramatic dialectic approach are conducive to dynamic classroom discussions that help students grasp the many sides of these complex issues. Three integrating themes provide a solid framework for examining the eighteen topics covered. Each part begins with a chapter-length introduction that provides background material and organizing themes for the issues that follow. Each issue is then presented from two divergent viewpoints, each one written in advocate language to be as compelling as possible. The book's objective, in addition to informing the reader about the issues, is to develop critical thinking skills within the context of education.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Critical Issues and Critical Thinking|
|What Interests Should Schools Serve?|
|School Choice: For Family Choice or Against Vouchers|
|School Finance: Equity or Disparity|
|School Integration: Compulsory or Voluntary|
|Gender: Easing Discrimination or Making Legitimate Distinctions|
|Affirmative Action: Progressive or Restrictive|
|What Should Be Taught?|
|Basic Education: Traditional Disciplines or Critical Thinking|
|Reading: Phonics or Whole Language|
|Multicultural Education: Representative or Divisive|
|Curriculum Control: National or Local|
|Values and Character: Traditional or Liberational|
|Business Influence: Positive or Negative|
|Standardized Testing: Restrict or Expand|
|How Should Schools Be Organized and Operated?|
|School Leadership: Teacher-Directed or Administrator-Controlled?|
|Academic Freedom: Teacher Rights or Responsibility|
|Teacher Unions: Detrimental or Beneficial|
|Inclusion and Mainstreaming: Special or Common Education|
|School Violence: School or Social Responsibility|
|Privatization of Schools: Boon or Bane|
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