Reign of Error The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

ISBN-10: 0385350880
ISBN-13: 9780385350884
Edition: 2014
Authors: Diane Ravitch
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Description: From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and  More...

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/17/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System; The Language Police ("Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating" --The New York Times); and the now-classic Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools--an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American public schools that argues persuasively against those who claim our public school system is broken, beyond repair, and obsolete; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the rising "privatization movement" draining students--and funding--from our public schools, a book that puts forth a detailed plan of what needs to happen to schools and with public policy to insure the survival of this American institution so basic to our democracy.In Reign of Error, Ravitch makes clear that, contrary to the statements being made about disastrous public school test scores and graduation rates, these figures are the highest they've ever been in history--and that dropout rates are at their lowest, this according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a no-stakes test for children of all races. Ravitch puts forth a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of what can be done to preserve public school education, making clear what is right with our education system, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and discussing in detail how to fix these problems.

Diane Ravitchis Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton appointed her to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees federal testing. She is the author or editor of over twenty books, includingThe Language PoliceandLeft Back, and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. A native of Houston, Ravitch graduated from the Houston public schools, Wellesley College, and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Introduction
Our Schools Are at Risk
The Context for Corporate Reform
Who Are the Corporate Reformers?
The Language of Corporate Reform
The Facts About Test Scores
The Facts About the Achievement Gap
The Facts About the International Test Scores
The Facts About High School Graduation Rates
The Facts About College Graduation Rates
How Poverty Affects Academic Achievement
The Facts About Teachers and Test Scores
Why Merit Pay Fails
Do Teachers Need Tenure and Seniority?
The Problem with Teach for America
The Mystery of Michelle Rhee
The Contradictions of Charters
Trouble in E-land
Parent Trigger, Parent Tricker
The Failure of Vouchers
Schools Don't Improve if They Are Closed
Solutions: Start Here
Begin at the Beginning
The Early Years Count
The Essentials of a Good Education
Class Size Matters for Teaching and Learning
Make Charters Work for All
Wraparound Services Make a Difference
Measure Knowledge and Skills with Care
Strengthen the Profession
Protect Democratic Control of Public Schools
The Toxic Mix
Privatization of Public Education Is Wrong
Conclusion: The Pattern on the Rug
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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