Education: Clearing the Structure Away

In a new report, an educator urges "personalized" high schools

Longer school days. Stiffer graduation requirements. Better teaching of basics. Higher pay for teachers. A barrage of recommendations for improving American public schools has been released over the past year by commissions, consultants and critics alike. This week a major new report by a respected reformer offers the most radical proposals yet. In Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School (Houghton Mifflin; $16.95), Theodore Sizer argues that the nation's high schools are rigid and out of date, and he calls for a drastic reorganization of the curriculum and school day....

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