Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Recent Articles

Standard Error

A biography of Al Shanker traces his fight for school reform. But testing created accountability at the expense of education. Linda Perlstein's story of one school shows us just how truly terrible this is.

Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy by Richard D. Kahlenberg (Columbia University Press, 524 pages, $29.95)

Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade by Linda Perlstein (Henry Holt and Company, 302 pages, $25.00 )