On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools: The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices / Edition 1

On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools: The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices / Edition 1

by Gerald W Bracey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325006024

ISBN-13: 2900325006023

Pub. Date: 09/16/2003

Publisher: Heinemann

Opposing the standards and testing movements, as well as other right- wing attacks on public schooling in the United States, independent researcher Bracey debunks myths underlying current policy directions and attacks the privatizing forces behind the No Child Left Behind Act. Many of the 25 essays have been previously published in such publications as Phi Delta…  See more details below

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Opposing the standards and testing movements, as well as other right- wing attacks on public schooling in the United States, independent researcher Bracey debunks myths underlying current policy directions and attacks the privatizing forces behind the No Child Left Behind Act. Many of the 25 essays have been previously published in such publications as Phi Delta Kappan and Education Week. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900325006023
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IDebunking Dumb Policies
1The No Child Left Behind Act, a Plan for the Destruction of Public Education: Just Say No1
2A Surefire Way to Destroy America: Test Every Kid Every Year13
3The Governors' Debacle: The High-Stakes Testing Movement17
4Failing Children - Twice23
5Kindergarten Is Too Late26
6Testing Flunks Life30
7The Malevolent Tyranny of Algebra34
8Schools Should Not Prepare Students for the World of Work39
9Poverty Issues Get Short Shrift45
10April Foolishness: "A Nation At Risk" at Twenty49
Pt. IIBut What Does It All Mean?
11What If "Falling Schools" Aren't? Or, What I Did Last Summer61
12Getting Dumber in School?66
13International Comparisons: An Excuse to Avoid Meaningful Educational Reform76
14No Excuses, Many Reasons: A Critique of the Heritage Foundation's "No Excuses" Report81
15The Capriciousness of High-Stakes Testing94
16Those Misleading SAT and NAEP Trends: Simpson's Paradox at Work98
17The Dumbing of America?104
Pt. IIIExplaining the World
18Filet of School Reform, Sauce Diable130
19Edison's Light Dims: The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of H. Christopher Whittle135
20Playing It Crooked: Media and Political Distortion About the Condition of American Public Schools152
21The Right's Data-Proof Ideologues167
22Horace Mann and Today's Mandates: A Talk to the Horace Mann League174
23The End of Childhood179
24The Testing-Talent Disconnect185
25Long-Term Studies of Preschool: The Benefits Far Outweight the Costs188

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