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On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices

ISBN-10: 0325006024
ISBN-13: 9780325006024
Edition: 2003
Authors: Gerald W. Bracey
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Description: "contrarian" "professional outsider" "a sore loser" "another member of the Flat Earth Society" "a national treasure" "a modern Don Quixote" "a skeptic's joy!" No matter what he's called, Gerald Bracey IS public schools' best defender. And in this  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.88
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"contrarian" "professional outsider" "a sore loser" "another member of the Flat Earth Society" "a national treasure" "a modern Don Quixote" "a skeptic's joy!" No matter what he's called, Gerald Bracey IS public schools' best defender. And in this book, he uses his considerable writing and research skills on their behalf. With authority, sensitivity, and a good sense of humor, he dismantles the negative PR our public education system has endured and does it with hardcore data, not phony "science." Bracey delivers the statistics and skillful analysis needed to win the numbers game that plays out daily in the popular press. Drawing on data from a variety of reputable sources, he proves that public schools are doing much better than critics claim, some indicators even showing record highs. He takes on the testing movement in numerous chapters, offers data that provide different perspectives than usually seen, and reviews the history of public schools, showing how they have included more and more students while raising achievement levels, too. He questions the so-called "failing schools," discusses the phenomenon of "summer loss," provides international comparisons, and presents data to argue that investing in universal quality preschool pays off in the long run. He even attempts to enter the mind of the father of American public education, Horace Mann, to see what he might think about the "nuttiness of today's policies." Bracey believes that our only hope to save the public school system is for teachers, teacher educators, and administrators to help speed up the needed perspective transformation. And they can begin to do it by reading this book and resuming their rightful position in educating students.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Debunking Dumb Policies
The No Child Left Behind Act, a Plan for the Destruction of Public Education: Just Say No
A Surefire Way to Destroy America: Test Every Kid Every Year
The Governors' Debacle: The High-Stakes Testing Movement
Failing Children - Twice
Kindergarten Is Too Late
Testing Flunks Life
The Malevolent Tyranny of Algebra
Schools Should Not Prepare Students for the World of Work
Poverty Issues Get Short Shrift
April Foolishness: "A Nation At Risk" at Twenty
But What Does It All Mean?
What If "Falling Schools" Aren't? Or, What I Did Last Summer
Getting Dumber in School?
International Comparisons: An Excuse to Avoid Meaningful Educational Reform
No Excuses, Many Reasons: A Critique of the Heritage Foundation's "No Excuses" Report
The Capriciousness of High-Stakes Testing
Those Misleading SAT and NAEP Trends: Simpson's Paradox at Work
The Dumbing of America?
Explaining the World
Filet of School Reform, Sauce Diable
Edison's Light Dims: The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of H. Christopher Whittle
Playing It Crooked: Media and Political Distortion About the Condition of American Public Schools
The Right's Data-Proof Ideologues
Horace Mann and Today's Mandates: A Talk to the Horace Mann League
The End of Childhood
The Testing-Talent Disconnect
Long-Term Studies of Preschool: The Benefits Far Outweight the Costs

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