July 23, 2001 | News Releases on Education
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2002-A good idea is a good idea-no matter what language it's communicated in. That's why The Heritage Foundation has published a Spanish-language version of its all-time best-selling book, "No Excuses" by Samuel Casey Carter, which features profiles of "high-performing, high poverty schools."
"No hay excusas: Lecciones de 20 escuelas de escasos recursos y alto rendimiento" showcases 20 schools from around the country-including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York-in which low-income students consistently log high test scores, proving that there are "no excuses" for poor children to fail academically.
"The failure of most public schools to teach poor children is a national tragedy and a national disgrace," writes Adam Meyerson, the former vice president of educational affairs for Heritage, in the introduction. "The message of this book is that there is no excuse for this tragedy."
"No Excuses" is Heritage's second book to be translated to Spanish, following the think tank's annual "Index of Economic Freedom"-and Heritage education fellow Megan Farnsworth predicts it will find a ready audience.
"Many Hispanics who come from poor countries lack a great education, but they want one for their children," said Farnsworth, who helped edit and translate the book. "We felt translating 'No Excuses' into Spanish would be a great way to give them useful examples of what a grade school must do to succeed." \ And there are many Americans who would benefit from "No hay excusas." Currently, about 17 percent of the U.S. school-age population is Hispanic. That number is expected to increase to 25 percent by the end of the decade. Both "No hay excusas" and "No Excuses" are also available on the Internet at www.noexcuses.org. The Web site also profiles additional outstanding educational programs in 49 states and Washington, D.C.
First published in 2000, the English version of "No Excuses" has gone through seven printings. Plans are in the works for a sequel that looks at what methods the principals of "No Excuses" schools use to improve test scores.