This site provides a collection of articles and article summaries dealing with School Choice and Charter Schools; Minorities, Women, and Education; Testing, International Comparisons & Curriculum; Federal Funding & Programs; State & Local Programs; Teachers & Teachers Unions; Public Education Issues; HS Debate Hotline - Federal Education Policy; and Higher Education. It is sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation. This site is the Education section of the larger website.
The National Center for Policy Analysis mission is to seek innovative private-sector solutions to public policy problems. The site can be used to provide students with different viewpoints on controversial topics.
Target Student Population:
Advanced High School, College, Graduate school, and Professionals
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
None are mentioned on the site. The analysis articles would be useful for high school debates and college level education courses.
Evaluation and Observation
The site is a ready reference for students researching current issues in education. Newer articles can be found by clicking the "New" tab at the top of the page.
Although the articles are provocative and interesting, many are written several years ago. While the site purports to be neutral, not all of the articles provide a balanced response to each issue. There are sections in which both pros and cons are carefully listed, however.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The topics presented on the site regarding education have the potential to make students think about what is happening in education today. They all make good discussion starters. The site could be used effectively to get students to look at educational issues. The articles are brief analyses for the most part.
Because of the brevity of the articles, students may not see that hte issues are as complex as they actually are.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to access the articles and print them out.
Users must read through a list of articles under each topic in order to find the material they wish to use.