Bail Me Out!: Handling Difficult Data and Tough Questions About Public Schools by Gerald W. Bracey, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Bail Me Out!: Handling Difficult Data and Tough Questions About Public Schools

Bail Me Out!: Handling Difficult Data and Tough Questions About Public Schools

by Gerald W. Bracey
     
 

A brief historical look at America's loss of confidence in public schools is presented to show how data have been used to create half-truths and erroneous positions.

Overview

A brief historical look at America's loss of confidence in public schools is presented to show how data have been used to create half-truths and erroneous positions.

Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"An indispensable resource for those interested in making sense of the conflicting claims of both the political right and left. His chapters on ‘seeing through graphs’ and ‘other indicators of achievements’ as well as his discussion of the Simpson paradox, are essential reading for both consumers and producers of educational research. Recommended for graduate students, researchers, professionals, and general readers."— F. Galloway
Gerald Bracey's Bail Me Out!: Handling Difficult Data And Tough Questions About Public Schools is presented in a question-and-answer format as it surveys nine basic issues stemming from the public education systems of today. Bracey examines the interpretation of educational research data; exploring and understanding tests; SAT facts and fictions; private schools vs. public schools; teacher and administrator accountability. Bail Me Out! is informative and recommended reading for parents, students, teachers, administrators, education reformers, school board members, as well as educational policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels.
Ron Brandt
"An American treasure! Necessary knowledge for anyone who believes in public education."

Choice - F. Galloway
"In this methodologically insightful book, Bracey provides a statistical roadmap for interpreting the data pertaining to the achievement of US schools. It should serve as an indispensable resource for those interested in making sense of the conflicting claims of both the political right and left. "

Roland M. Smith
"Bracey provides readable review of how basic statistics are used in measuring student success. {He has} an uncanny ability to discover misinterpretations of public school achievements {and} gives practical advice on how educators can be both responsive and pro-active."

David C. Berliner
"A skeptics joy! Bracey offers straightforward examples and hard-hitting prose that teach the intricacies of interpreting educational data."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761976028
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/19/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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