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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.
|Introduction : pledging allegiance to the corporation||1|
|1||The rise and fall||21|
|2||But does it work?||67|
|3||Edron : two brief studies in corporate unaccountability||119|
|4||No contest : Edison's takeover of the Philadelphia schools and the lessons of public school competition||154|
|5||Corporate schooling and the future of the public||180|