Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Teaching and Educational Practice

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2007-11-12
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This Third Edition of TAKING SIDES: TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE presents current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript. An instructor's manual with testing material is available for each volume. USING TAKING SIDES IN THE CLASSROOM is also an excellent instructor resource with practical suggestions on incorporating this effective approach in the classroom. Each TAKING SIDES reader features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and is supported by our student website, www.mhcls.com/online.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. xv
Educational Policies and Practicesp. 1
Is It Time for National Standards in Education?p. 2
Yes: Chester E. Finn Jr., Liam Julian, and Michael J. Petrilli, from "To Dream the Impossible Dream: Four Approaches to National Standards and Tests for America's Schools," The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (August 2006)p. 4
No: Lawrence A. Uzzell, from "No Child Left Behind: The Dangers of Centralized Education Policy," Cato Institute (May 31, 2005)p. 12
Is Home Schooling a Good Idea?p. 23
Yes: Thomas W. Washburne, from "The Boundaries of Parental Authority: A Response to Rob Reich of Stanford University," Paper of the National Center for Home Education (April 22, 2002)p. 25
No: Rob Reich, from "The Civic Perils of Homeschooling," Educational Leadership (April 2002)p. 31
Has the Middle School Concept Failed?p. 38
Yes: Cheri Pierson Yecke, from "Mayhem in the Middle: Why We Should Shift to K-8," Educational Leadership (April 2006)p. 40
No: Sue Swaim, from "Strength in the Middle," Education Week (April 21, 2004); National Middle School Association, from "This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents," Position Paper (2003)p. 48
Should Religious Content and Concepts Be More Evident in Our Schools?p. 56
Yes: Michael W. McConnell, from "Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Committee on the Judiciary" (June 8, 1995)p. 58
No: Annie Laurie Gaylor, from "The Case against School Prayer," A Brochure of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (1995)p. 63
Is Drug Testing of Students a Justifiable Practice?p. 72
Yes: Clarence Thomas, from the Majority Opinion, Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County, et al., Petitioners v. Lindsay Earls et al., Supreme Court of the United States (June 27, 2002)p. 74
No: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, from the Dissenting Opinion, Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County, et al., Petitioners v. Lindsay Earls et al., Supreme Court of the United States (June 1, 2002)p. 79
Have Charter Schools Fulfilled Their Promises?p. 85
Yes: The Center for Education Reform, from "2007 Annual Survey of America's Charter Schools" (2007)p. 87
No: Bella Rosenberg, from "America's Charter Schools: Results from the NAEP 2003 Pilot Study," American Federation of Teachers (December 15, 2004)p. 97
Has the "No Child Left Behind" Legislation Created Good Educational Policy?p. 104
Yes: Margaret Spellings, from "Building on Results: A Blueprint for Strengthening the No Child Left Behind Act," U.S. Department of Education (January 2007)p. 106
No: James H. Lytle, from "The Snake in the 'No Child Left Behind' Woodpile," Education Week (February 7, 2007); Ann McColl, from "Tough Call: Is No Child Left Behind Constitutional?" Phi Delta Kappan (April 2005)p. 118
Should School Discipline Policies Be Stricter and Include "Zero Tolerance" Provisions?p. 133
Yes: Public Agenda, from "Teaching Interrupted," Public Agenda (May 2004)p. 135
No: Russell Skiba, from "Zero Tolerance: The Assumptions and the Facts," Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (Summer 2004)p. 146
Can Large High Schools Provide a Quality Education?p. 158
Yes: Rick Allen, from "Big Schools: The Way We Are," Educational Leadership (February 2002)p. 160
No: Tom Vander Ark, from "The Case for Small High Schools," Educational Leadership (February 2002)p. 169
Teaching and Classroom Practicesp. 179
Should the Teaching of American History Focus on a Critique of Past Events and Individuals?p. 180
Yes: Pedro Noguera and Robby Cohen, from "Patriotism and Accountability: The Role of Educators in the War on Terrorism," Phi Delta Kappan (April 2006)p. 182
No: David McCullough, from "Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are," Imprimis (February 15, 2005)p. 191
Should Comprehensive Sexuality Education Be Taught in Public Schools?p. 200
Yes: SIECUS Report, from "Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten through 12th Grade," (2004)p. 202
No: Robert E. Rector, from "The Effectiveness of Abstinence Education Programs in Reducing Sexual Activity among Youth," Heritage Foundation (April 8, 2002)p. 211
Do Single-Sex Classrooms and Schools Provide a Better Learning Environment?p. 222
Yes: Leonard Sax, from "What's the Evidence? What Have Researchers Found When They Compare Single-Sex Education with Coeducation," National Association for Single-Sex Public Education (May 2007)p. 224
No: American Association of University Women, from "AAUW Position on Single-Sex Education" (January 2007)p. 234
Is Grade Inflation a Problem?p. 244
Yes: Perry A. Zirkel, from "Grade Inflation: High Schools' Skeleton in the Closet," Education Week (March 2007)p. 246
No: Alfie Kohn, from "The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation," The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 2002)p. 249
Does Homework Serve Useful Purposes?p. 259
Yes: Robert J. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering, from "The Case for and against Homework," Educational Leadership (March 2007)p. 261
No: Diane W. Dunne, from "Homework Takes a Hit!" Education World (2005)p. 269
Does Participation in Sports Provide Positive Benefits to Youth?p. 277
Yes: Jordan D. Metzl and Carol Shookhoff, from "The Benefits of Youth Sports," eNotAlone (2002)p. 279
No: Josephson Institute of Ethics, from "What Are Your Children Learning? The Impact of High School Sports on the Values and Ethics of High School Athletes," Survey of High School Athletes (February 2007)p. 287
Will Increased Use of Computer Technology and Games Be Beneficial to Students?p. 294
Yes: David Williamson Shaffer, Kurt R. Squire, Richard Halverson, and James P. Gee, from "Video Games and the Future of Learning," Phi Delta Kappan (October 2005)p. 296
No: Lowell W. Monke, from "The Overdominance of Computers," Educational Leadership (December 2005/January 2006)p. 307
Is the Practice of Providing Accommodations to Children in Special Education a Good Idea?p. 315
Yes: MaryAnn Byrnes, from "Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Removing Barriers to Learning," National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin (2000)p. 317
No: James M. Kauffman, Kathleen McGee, and Michele Brigham, from "Enabling or Disabling? Observations on Changes in Special Education," Phi Delta Kappan (April 2004)p. 324
Are Character/Moral Education Programs Effective?p. 335
Yes: Tom Lickona, Eric Schaps, and Catherine Lewis, from "CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education," Character Education Partnership (2003)p. 337
No: Patriotism for All, from "The Problem with Character Education," (2004-2006); Patriotism for All, from "Responsibility? You've Got to Be Kidding," (2004-2007)p. 343
Contributorsp. 358
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