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. 88, No. 9, May

Backwards into the Future-Again
The recent report on American students by the Brown Center on Education Policy is part of an assault on progressive education that attempts to misdirect our attention from what really matters in schools, Mr. Phillips argues. ********** OVER THE...
Bend It like Azzy
THE PHOTO could hardly be more endearing. Five 11-year-old girls are sharing lunch and silly laughter, scrunched together so that everyone fits in the picture. The reassuring signifiers of girlish innocence are all there--pigtails, braces, freckles....
Better Late Than
FIRST, LET me apologize for the date of this editorial. Sorry that it's 10 years late. I meant to deliver it in 1997 or thereabouts. That's when I discovered Jefferson's Children, Leon Botstein's effort to give an intelligent outsider's view of American...
Consensus or Confusion? the Intended Math Curriculum in State-Level Standards
While most states have developed well-articulated mathematics standards, including specific grade-level expectations, Ms. Reys and Ms. Lappan found no consensus--and the potential for much confusion--when they conducted a national study of state mathematics...
Did We Leave the Future Behind?
YOU ARE in a small town in the American Midwest. It is the mid-1800s, and you are trying to get to the Willamette Valley. You have a little money, but you need provisions that exceed your budget, so you are keen to do some trading. With luck, you will...
End Run?
IN EARLY 1989, when he was approximately 18 months old, physicians diagnosed Alexander G. with severe asthma. From then on, he received intensive medical treatment for this condition. (1) On 27 August 2003, Alexander's mother enrolled him as a ninth-grader...
Four Practices That Math Classrooms Could Do Without
While the big debates about mathematics instruction focus on the question of reform versus back to basics, Mr. Fiori would like us to consider a different question. Why does school mathematics bear so little resemblance to the way practicing mathematicians...
Fulfilling the Promise of Educational Accountability
Widely regarded as the model for NCLB, the Texas education reforms have had their share of unintended consequences. The authors argue that examining those problems will suggest the changes that need to be made in both reform agendas. **********...
Learning to Speak the World's Languages
THE increasing diversity of our workplaces, schools, and communities is changing the face of our society. Meanwhile, in order to confront the 21st-century challenges to our economy and national security, the U.S. education system must be strengthened...
On Location: Using School Classrooms as Sites for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics
Combining a university methods course with math classes in an elementary school led to powerful learning experiences for the preservice teachers, the authors report. It also provided benefits for the elementary students and their teachers. **********...
Reflections on Math Reforms in the U.S. a Cross-National Perspective
Understanding how various aspects of mathematics education work together is necessary if reform efforts are to succeed, Ms. Newton argues. She compares U.S. and Chinese mathematics education to provide perspectives that might further such understanding....
Reports, Reports
OF THE MANY reports that appeared in February and March, the most curious and most malevolent surely was Leaders and Laggards, a joint effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress (CAP). When I first came across it, all...
Teaching Math and Science: Improving Instruction through Local Systemic Change Initiatives
Local Systemic Change projects, funded by the National Science Foundation, were designed to help teachers of mathematics and science deepen their content knowledge and improve their instructional practices. Ms. Weiss and Ms. Pasley describe how these...
The Old and the New
The Math Wars continue to rage. And now the back-to-basics faction seems to dominate the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, whose recommendations will have as much effect on curriculum and instruction as those of the National Reading Panel. Mr. O'Brien...
Using Large-Scale Assessments to Evaluate the Effectiveness of School Library Programs in California
The authors are the joint recipients of the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2006. Theirs is the first such winner to be summarized in the Kappan, but it won't be the last. A brief summary of each year's winning study will...
Which Brain Research Can Educators Trust?
Neurological research has discovered much about how the brain works, Dr. Willis writes. But educators need to be cautious when applying this research to teaching. ********** IN 1681 Thomas Willis coined the term "neurology." And 300 years later...
Why Go to School?
If the purpose of our schools is to prepare drones to keep the U.S. economy going, then the prevailing curricula and instructional methods are probably adequate. If, however, we want to help students become thoughtful, caring citizens who might be...
Why High School Must Go: An Interview with Leon Botstein
Does our culture protect teens from themselves, or does it create the very irresponsibility we are trying to protect them from? Mr. Epstein believes the latter and so decided to have a conversation with someone who has been saying that for years, Leon...
Why? Why? Why? Future Teachers Discover Mathematical Depth
In mathematics, it is not just the how, the procedures for solving problems, that is important, but the why, the underlying concepts, Perla Myers explains. When teachers regain the childlike wonder that leads them to seek the why of math, they will...
Working at Cross-Purposes
PERHAPS it is naivete, but when it comes to making policy in education, the business community's left hand doesn't seem to know what its right hand is doing. The pell-mell rush to add more requirements and rigor to the high school curriculum, for...
World Citizenship: A Humane Alternative to 'Drill and Kill'
Even though Joel lived a continent away, many sixth-graders at a Title I school in California could easily identify with his life of poverty. Their empathy motivated them to launch an ambitious charitable project, which, Mr. Mitchell argues, had far...