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Setting the Record Straight Responses to Misconceptions about Public Education in the U. S.

ISBN-10: 032500594X
ISBN-13: 9780325005942
Edition: 2nd 2004
Authors: Gerald W. Bracey
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Description: Gerald Bracey knows there are three kinds of lies in education policy: lies, damned lies, and the statistics that reactionary reformers tout as evidence in favor of dismantling our public schools. In this second and substantially updated edition of  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.75
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Gerald Bracey knows there are three kinds of lies in education policy: lies, damned lies, and the statistics that reactionary reformers tout as evidence in favor of dismantling our public schools. In this second and substantially updated edition of the hard-hitting Setting the Record Straight, Bracey, whom Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews called one of this country's most authoritative defenders of the work of public school teachers, goes toe-to-toe with the opponents of quality public education. You'll learn how to discredit them in your own discussions by using the very logic and statistical analyses they purport to have on their side. In this series of smart, forceful analyses, Bracey homes in on specific topics like vouchers, school funding, and comparisons to international test scores, themes around which agitators have created a host of mythological American school failures from the flimsiest of evidence. In fact, each essay begins with a question you might commonly hear in conversation about these alleged shortcomings, to which Bracey provides a brief, sound- byte-ready rebuttal. Then he follows it up with a full-length explanation, replete with statistical data and talking points that fully support his assertions-and silence those who would undermine education with disinformation. Beginning in his introduction with the seed that germinated in Ronald Reagan's Nation at Risk sloganeering and quickly fast-forwarding to the present-day federal intrusion into schools that has propelled so many political careers, Bracey stamps out the weeds of anti-public education advocacy and leaves no threat to quality teaching and learning behind. With Gerald Bracey and the truth behind you, you'll confidently take on the foes of public education in your own community and never again be cowed by the insidious arguments of education reformers.

Acknowledgments
Why People Need This Book
Note About This Edition
Introduction
More Years in School = Dumber Kids?
Lousy Schools = Lousy Workforce?
Poverty: Grinding Down Achievement
"Plummeting" SAT Scores
The Shrinking SAT Elite
No Child Left Behind: The Perfect Law-as in The Perfect Storm
Handing Over Schools to Business
Charter Schools Go Off Course
Vouchers: A Good Way to Destroy Public Schools
"Dumb" Teachers
Rising Costs, Flat Scores
International Comparisons
Knowledge Nostalgia: The Dumbing of America?
Hey, Big Spender
Throwing Money at the Schools
Public Versus Private Schools
Hanging In or Dropping Out?
Afterword

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