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Conflict of Interests The Politics of American Education

ISBN-10: 007287578X
ISBN-13: 9780072875782
Edition: 5th 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Joel H. Spring
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Book details

List price: $80.63
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 6/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Preface
Educational Politicians
Bill Clinton: Educational Politician
George W. Bush: Educational Politician
Other Educational Politicians and Political Groups
Administrative Politicians
Boards of Education
Special-Interest Groups
Teachers' Unions
The Corporate Sector
Foundations
Other Interest Groups
Conclusion
Sources of Conflict: Power and Knowledge
Conflicts over Knowledge and Power
Knowledge and Power
Knowledge and Economic Power
Power and Culture
Power and Language
Multicultural, Bicultural, and Ethnocentric Education
Religion
Equality of Educational Opportunity
Conclusion
Sources of Conflict: The Politics of School Finance and the Economics of Education
Politics of School Finance
Maximizing Benefits and Reducing Cost
The Politics of Unequal School Financing
Basic Economic Questions
Who Should Pay?
How Should Educational Monies Be Distributed?
How Should Money for Education Be Collected?
How Much Money Should Be Spent on Education?
The Economics of Schooling in the New World Order
Conclusion
Sources of Conflict: The Educational Establishment
The Revolt against Bureaucracy
Power
Teacher Power
Power and Money
Conclusion
Political Organization and Student Achievement
Student Achievement and Equality of Educational Opportunity
Democracy versus the Market
Politics and Second-Generation Segregation
Political Content
Conclusion
Reinvention of the School, Systemic Reform, and Federal Policies
Reinventing the School
Analyzing National Education Policy
Grassroots Movements
Political Strategy
National Policy Concerns
The Politics of Implementation
Politicians and Interest Groups
Conclusion
State Politics of Education
Patterns of State Educational Politics
Patterns of State Control
Political Influence
Centralization and Teachers' Unions
Sources of Political Change
Grassroots Movement
Political Strategies
General Policy Concerns
The Nationalization of State Policies
Conclusion
Local Politics of Education
Rod Paige: From Superintendent to Secretary of Education
The Composition of School Boards
Patterns in Local Politics of Education
Dominated Communities
Factional Communities
Pluralistic Communities
Inert Communities
Educational Bureaucracies
Teachers' Unions
Site-Based Management
Conclusion
The Knowledge Industry
The Myth of Neutral Knowledge
The Textbook Industry
The Testing Industry
Conclusion
The Political Uses of the Courts
Constitutional Issues
The Otero Case
Hobson v. Hansen
Conclusion
The Political Control of Education in a Free Society
The Problem of Majoritarian Control
The Power of Special-Interest Groups
The Political Use of Schools
Educators and Social Improvement
The Economics of Education
Conclusion
Index

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