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Education reform: Welcome

Guide to research on the question of education reform within the U.S., especially the debates surrounding privatization and testing.


A starting point for research on a wide range of topics surrounding the reform of the American public education system.


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Public education has been available in America since its founding, and a source of controversy for almost as long. In the last half-century, education projects have coalesced into broad, national movements. Especially in the three decades since the Reagan administration published its education report (titled A Nation at Risk), education reform has become one of the most significant national political considerations. Every subsequent administration has proposed and/or enacted wide-ranging legislation on this issue. Most notably, the last two administrations have enacted No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, respectively. The push for reform shows no sign of diminishing, and there are a diverse range of proposals being promoted. Controversial aspects of this topic include the use of high-stakes tests, the question of teacher tenure, the movement toward charter schools, the use of vouchers, the Common Core curriculum, and more.

For a very quick introduction to the recent history of this issue, see this article from Seattle Pacific University.

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How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

MLA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
Robinson, Ken. "How Schools Kill Creativity." TED. TED, Feb. 2006. Web. 12 June 2014. <>.

APA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
Robinson, Ken. How schools kill creativity. (2011, September). Retrieved June 12, 2014, from