Peter Sacks, Higher Education Author and Speaker

"Predictable Losers in Testing Schemes"

For nearly two decades policymakers have been engaged in a massive and unprecedented social experiment on our schoolchildren, one with enormous costs and unproven benefits.

This experiment has been launched on a dubious proposition--that largely bureaucratic solutions, consisting of state-imposed standards, more standardized testing and harsher sanctions attached to test results, will fundamentally raise the academic achievement of all schoolchildren and lead to a more prosperous and productive citizenry. (From the School Administrator, Dec. 2000.)

Books and Essays by Peter Sacks

Essays
Why conservatives should stop listening to anti-government critics on higher education. mindingthecampus.com
From mindingthecampus.com
Academe Magazine, American Association of University Professors
Essays and Commentary
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 12, 2007
Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice
From the Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2003.
Review essay in The Nation, May 5, 2003.
Essay appears in the Spring 2003 issue of Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice
From the Jan. 8, 2003, issue of Education Week
Review essay of In Schools We Trust by Deborah Meier in The Nation, Nov. 18, 2002.
A review essay on the book, Fair Game?, by Rebecca Zwick for The Nation.
The Boston Review, December/January 2001
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Chronicle Review), June 8, 2001.
The School Administrator, Dec. 2000
Books
While we often hear about the growing economic divide between the rich and the poor in America, Tearing Down the Gates locates the fountainhead of these growing economic disparities, our education system, and shows how the widening class divide results in an untold loss of human talent that will derail the American Dream --not just for some, but for us all.
A critical examination of America's 'testing culture' in schools, higher education, and the workplace, and how the American meritocracy can be more fair for all citizens.
An inquiry into "postmodern" American culture and its sometimes corrosive effects on qualilty in higher education.