A New Strategy for Linking Research and Practice
The need to bring research to bear on the problems of educational practice has never been greater. U.S. schools face a number of critical challenges in the years ahead. Two of the most cited examples are incorporating increasing numbers of educationally disadvantaged students into the educational mainstream and preparing students for an increasingly competitive and technologically advanced work environment. In order to meet these challenges, a variety of reform efforts are under way at the local, state, and federal levels. Research should play an important role in meeting these challenges...
Overcoming Barriers, Creating New Opportunities
Childhood is changing. More children are unhealthy—physically and mentally. More children suffer from substance abuse and child abuse, from inadequate child care, and from family disorganization. More and more students from single parent families and from minority and non-English speaking backgrounds are entering the public schools that have never done a good job of meeting the needs of non-middle-class, nonwhite, non-English-speaking children. School leaders must understand how children's educational prospects are affected by their daily lives. Childhood is changing, and schools must...