Silent, single-file lines. Detention for putting a head on a desk. Rules for how to dress, how to applaud, how to complete homework. Walk into some of the most acclaimed urban schools today and you will find similar recipes of behavior, designed to support student achievement. Joanne Golann, assistant professor of public policy and education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, spent a year doing just that. In her new book called “Scripting The Moves – Culture and Control in a No-Excuses Charter School”, Dr. Golann describes the good intentions and the unintended consequences of these rigidly controlled schools. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about her research on these schools.
We'll also hear more from new Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona as he begins implementing the Biden administration's education policies.
And we'll spend an Academic Minute exploring the final frontier.