Phi Delta Kappan

Founded in 1915, the Phi Delta Kappan is a professional policy journal for K-12 educators and is owned and published by Phi Delta Kappa International. Also referred to as the Kappan, the journal runs concurrently with the U.S. school year, with issues being released September to May and a combined December/January issue. The Kappan's editorial headquarters are located in Bloomington, Ind.The Kappan has a circulation of 33,000 subscribers and publishes articles directed to an audience of K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, school district administrators and professors. Founded in 1906 to serve all members of the educational community, the journal's owner, Phi Delta Kappa International, maintains a large network of campus-based chapters with members in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Articles within the journal primarily address issues related to educational research, service and leadership. Examples of specialized topics within these articles include information on inclusion, class size, testing, tenure, professional certification and alternative school systems. In addition to featured articles, each year the journal publishes results of the Phi Delta Kappa International "Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools."In June of 2010,the APEX 2010 Awards honored Phi Delta Kappan's Editor-in-Chief, Joan Richardson, and Design Director, Carol Bucheri, for Publication Excellence. Richardson received a Grand Award for her Kappan column, "The Editor's Note," and Bucheri received an APEX Award of Excellence in the Best Redesigns category–an award category that includes highly competitive submissions from a wide range of professional journals, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, brochures and websites. The Editor-in-Chief of the Phi Delta Kappan is Joan Richardson. David M. Ruetschlin is Managing Editor and Carol Bucheri is Design Director.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 9, May

A Block Schedule with a Twist
WE WAITED some time before sharing this, because we wanted to be sure that the program worked. But now the data are in and have been analyzed. The governor of Colorado received his report along with our thanks for the grant that enabled us to get...
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Another Search for Student Rights
CONSIDER, this time, two somewhat similar cases, one concerning a student named Adam K. and the other concerning a student named Brien D. THE STORY OF ADAM Adam K. was a member of the Ensemble, a wind group at Hazen High School in Renton,...
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Beth Starts like Brown Bear!
Surely a child who reads voluntarily while waiting for the school bus would not be labeled dyslexic, Ms. Fawcett muses -- unless, of course, what that child is doing is not perceived as "real" reading. MRS. MOORE requested a parent/teacher conference...
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Child Care: Still the Cinderella of Education?
IT HAS become increasingly worrisome that the marked variations in the payment of benefits to single parents across Europe are now being matched by a growing number of reports about the lack of availability of child care. Added to this is a picture...
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Dropping in on Dropping Out
QUICK, describe the typical dropout! If the picture that came to mind was that of a black male teenager, don't be surprised. The media portrayal of young black men is hardly designed to boost their image, and we've all read and heard those terrible...
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Education Should Be Special for All
The effective use of "special" education for all children can eliminate the need for students or educational professionals to "swim against the mainstream" in order to find success in the education system, Mr. Thomas maintains. THE SEPARATE field...
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Engagement and Disengagement
WHEN A teacher encounters students who are not engaged in the work of the classroom, he or she will seek ways of stimulating the students, ways of finding out what motivates them. That's the theory at least. But the practice doesn't look so sanguine,...
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Goals 2000 Is Not More of the Same
AS PART of the media coverage of the passage of the Goals 2000 legislation, National Public Radio visited a large urban high school to find out what teachers thought about the idea of enacting higher standards for students. Judging by their comments,...
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NCATE, PC, and the LCME
A Response to James Sutton Though "an avid supporter of national accreditation for teacher education," Mr. Parker has some bones to pick with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education -- and he wishes that James Sutton and others...
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No More Principals!
Because he believes that professional administrators distort the operations of the schools they head, Mr. Sacken suggests a different approach: administrative tasks should be assumed on a rotating basis, and, after serving in an administrative capacity,...
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Not Just Cupcakes Anymore: A Study of Community Involvement
In the past the residents of Colorado Springs looked on the public schools as guardians of American values, as institutions to be trusted rather than challenged and questioned. But today, as Ms. Yaffe points out, nothing could be further from the...
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Reaching for Understanding
When you get right down to it, Mr. Sutton responds, we are NCATE. That's why we all have to hang in there and work to improve things. Those who drop out and stage a protest are neither enlightened nor sincere. JONATHAN Parker has taken me to task...
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Reform Is Coming to Higher Education
AT THE K-12 level, the adoption of proficiency-based instruction and assessment -- known variously as the standards movement or outcome-based reform -- seems to be spreading rapidly. Much of this activity is school-or district-initiated. When state-level...
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Room for Reason
LAST September a friend sent me what she described as "an incredible little book from the far, far right." That volume -- Why Not Teach Intensive Phonics? -- written by James Chapman, author of grammar and composition textbooks for Christian schools...
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Shotgun Wedding: Notes on Public Education's Encounter with the New Christian Right
"They feel the hand of God moving them within, and the impulses of the Spirit, and cannot be mistaken in what they feel." -- John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) THE REJUVENATED Christian Right is the self-appointed conscience...
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Success for All: The Median Is the Key
Grading by the median provides more opportunities for success by diminishing the impact of a few stumbles and by rewarding hard work, Mr. Wright maintains. YOU ARE probably good at what you do. Most of us gravitate to jobs and careers that closely...
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There Are Others in the Mainstream
The authors remind Mr. Thomas that "Swimming Against the Mainstream" was not just about Ronald Doe, but about all the other John and Jane Does who also have a right to an "equal educational opportunity." IN MISSING the point of "Swimming Against...
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The Six National Goals; a Road to Disappointment
A Road to Disappointment The people who set goals for education seldom take into account scientific knowledge about how children acquire knowledge and moral values -- and the six national goals formulated in 1990 are no exception, these authors...
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The Top 10 Fantasies of School Reformers
Visions of Equal Educational Opportunity Mr. Haberman lays down a simple rule for would-be reformers: before advocating for their pet reforms, they should be required to provide a brief description of what schools that satisfy them would look like....
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What Minnesota Has Learned about School Choice
Minnesotans have avoided the rhetoric of "panacea or plague" that has been a feature of discussions of school choice in many parts of the country. Messrs. Nathan and Ysseldyke share comprehensive research and individual stories to illustrate what has...
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Who Chooses and Why: A Look at Five School Choice Plans
The authors' comparative look at the characteristics of choosing families and at their rationales for choosing provides generalizable evidence that will support the arguments of both supporters and critics of choice. THE CENTRAL idea driving the...
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