Peter Schrag, a longtime education writer and editor, is the co-author of When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-41 (Indiana University Press, 2015) and author of Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future, and California: America's High-Stakes Experiment. He is a former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee.
It seemed like a conservative idea; then progressive educators got hold of it. Now a firestorm has erupted that could jeopardize the effort to raise national curriculum standards.Peter SchragWinter 1995
Entrepreneurs promised they could rescue public schools and turn a profit too. Reality intruded.Peter SchragMay-June 1996
A few years ago educational standards and national testing seemed on their way. But the push for standards has set off predictable reactions from different quarters. Ironically, testing now may be downgraded in importance.Peter SchragMarch-April 1998
Where the get-tough movement in education gets it wrong.Peter SchragMay-June 1999