A School by Every Other Name: Culture X and Public Education

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In A School by Every Other Name Edward S. Ebert II and Deborah Scott Studebaker suggest that the fundamental problem facing public education is that education is essentially an institution. The failure of school reform efforts to elevate public education in the United States to a preeminent position is due to the myth of educational reform, the mistaken belief that substantive changes actually occur. Yet how different is education today from what it was fifty, one hundred, even two hundred years ago? Reform has become a part of the survival mechanism that keeps the institution in business. A School by Every Other Name calls for a revolution that would reconceptualize the institution of education. That effort begins with overcoming our national cultural identity crisis. Rather than prescribing what must be done, A School by Every Other Name presents poignant perspectives and background and then invites the reader to begin answering the questions that could lead to building a new institution of education. Not just a book about education, A School by Every Other Name is a workbook for beginning the dialogue toward systemic change in American schools.

About the Author:
Edward S. Ebert II, an educator for twenty-nine years, is professor of education at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina

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Editorial Reviews

professor of education and humanities
This thoughtful book may be the first scholarly work from a contemporary school of education that advocates and clearly demonstrates the need for a national curriculum. Bravo!
Joseph H. Rubinstein
Ebert and Studebaker take a thoughtful and original look at education in the United States and offer concrete and at times revolutionary suggestions for change. Unlike many books of this genre, they not only focus their proposals on how individual students might benefit, they also look at how our nation might be better equipped to compete against an increasingly technical and scientifically literate world. The book will be useful for policy planners. It can be especially useful as a supplemental text that will stimulate discussion in undergraduate classrooms.
E.D. Hirsch Jr.
This thoughtful book may be the first scholarly work from a contemporary school of education that advocates and clearly demonstrates the need for a national curriculum. Bravo!
George D. Kuh
Ebert and Studebaker have undertaken an audacious task–to describe the myriad, interlocking challenges facing America’s educational system and posing questions that must be answered to prepare our young to live productively in an uncertain world that demands more and more of its citizens every day. Not everyone will agree with their analysis or suggested strategies for reform. But everyone who reads this book will think more deeply about the issues and what must be done to ensure the nation’s future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578867653
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Ebert, an educator for 29 years, is a professor of education at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, where he teaches courses in educational psychology, introduction to education, elementary science methods, child development, classroom management, assessment, and creative problem solving. Deborah Scott Studebaker founded the SHINE Mentoring Alliance and created Poetry in Motion writers' workshops for children.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Who Are We?

1 Wrestling with the Beast 3

2 The American Culture 13

3 The Institution of Education 35

4 The Reform Model in Education 65

Pt. II Reforming Reform

5 What Makes a Reform Effort Worthwhile? 89

6 A New Educational Institution 115

7 Logistics of the New Institution 135

8 Education in the New Institution 171

Pt. III As the Change Incubates: Working with the System to Your Child's Best Advantage

9 Educating Our Children Means Educating Ourselves 205

10 Making an Impact on Education: What You Can Do 231

Epilogue 249

Compendium 251

Glossary 271

Reference 275

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