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Redesigning American Education


Drawing on several principles of sociological theory, James S. Coleman & his colleagues construct a new design for American schooling. The authors present compelling evidence on the deficits of our educational system compared to other countries, arguing that the problems are the result of inappropriate incentives for teachers, students, & parents. Asserting that most American school systems are driven by administrative needs, the authors propose school designs that would shift the focus to student achievement output as the driving force behind public education.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • James S. Coleman
  • Huayin Wang
  • Kathryn S. Schiller
  • Stephen Plank
  • Roger Shouse
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1997