The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education (Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture Series) / Edition 1

The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education (Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture Series) / Edition 1

by Kenneth J. Saltman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415950465

ISBN-13: 9780415950466

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The story of the Edison Schools is a gripping tale of money, kids, and greed. What began in the 1980s as an enterprise to transform public schools quickly became a troubled business battling falling test scores and dismal stock prices. How did the most ambitious for-profit education company in U.S. history lose respect, money, and credibility in such a short

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Overview

The story of the Edison Schools is a gripping tale of money, kids, and greed. What began in the 1980s as an enterprise to transform public schools quickly became a troubled business battling falling test scores and dismal stock prices. How did the most ambitious for-profit education company in U.S. history lose respect, money, and credibility in such a short time?

Revealing how American McEducation went from glory to crisis, The Edison Schools tracks entrepreneur Christopher Whittle's plan to introduce a standardized nationwide curriculum and cut administrative waste. Education specialist Kenneth J. Saltman finds that the critics' predictions came true in Edison schools across the country: Experienced teachers left in droves, students were virtually given answers to standardized tests to drive up scores, and difficult students were "counselored" out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950466
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Series:
Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : pledging allegiance to the corporation1
1The rise and fall21
2But does it work?67
3Edron : two brief studies in corporate unaccountability119
4No contest : Edison's takeover of the Philadelphia schools and the lessons of public school competition154
5Corporate schooling and the future of the public180

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