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Public Schools: Are They Making The Grade? (NIF Report)

This 2000 report by Doble Research Associates details people’s thinking as they “worked through” the issue of public schools by deliberating together, considering other points of view, and weighing the costs and consequences of different approaches to the issue. It shows that people’s thinking is complex and sometimes at odds with the policy debate. The concepts of “school choice” and “standards,” for example, had different meanings to participants than they often do in policy terms.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.

More about National Issues Forums and their Reports on the Issues…

The National Issues Forums (NIF) network includes civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. NIF issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. Look through all the NIF issue guides and their corresponding moderator guides, DVDs, and other resources at www.nifi.org/issue_books.

Reports are published periodically to communicate the outcomes of forums held across the nation about a particular issue. Making use of participants’ answers to forum questionnaires, reports from moderators, and in-depth studies of selected forums, these reports describe in some detail what happened as people deliberated about the issue at hand. View all NIF Reports on the Issues at www.nifi.org/reports/issues.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/reports/detail_issues.aspx?catID=17&itemID=118

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