Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe about Our Schools, and Why It Isn't So

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How can we fix America's floundering public schools? The conventional wisdom says that schools need a lot more money, that poor and immigrant children can't do as well as most American kids, that high-stakes tests just produce teaching to the test, and that vouchers do little to help students while undermining our democracy. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? In Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools?And Why It Isn't So, Jay Greene and the researchers at the...
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Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools--And Why It Isn't So

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Overview

How can we fix America's floundering public schools? The conventional wisdom says that schools need a lot more money, that poor and immigrant children can't do as well as most American kids, that high-stakes tests just produce teaching to the test, and that vouchers do little to help students while undermining our democracy. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? In Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools—And Why It Isn't So, Jay Greene and the researchers at the Manhattan Institute have gathered the evidence to show that much of what people believe about education policy is little more than a series of myths. Greene takes on the conventional wisdom and closely examines eighteen myths advanced by the special interest groups dominating public education. In addition to the money myth, the class size myth, and the teacher pay myth, Greene debunks the special education myth (special ed programs burden public schools), the certification myth (certified or more experience teachers are more effective in the classroom), the graduation myth (nearly all students graduate from high school), the draining myth (choice harms public schools), the segregation myth (private schools are more racially segregated), and several more. Greene's reasoned and accessible approach identifies the myth and then refutes it with relevant and reliable facts and figures-including the education establishment's own research. He believes our schools can be fixed and concludes the book with important recommendations that will achieve measurable and affordable success. This is essential reading for all those interested in quality public education and a wake-up call for undemanding taxpayers.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Post
The prolific Greene, who heads a new education research center at the University of Arkansas, is a key player on many of these issues.
— Rotherham, Andrew J.
School Reform News
Greene has a history of casting a skeptical eye on special-interest groups' assertions, thoroughly conducting his own research, and drawing conclusions based in economic theory.
— Lori Drummer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549777
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,473,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay P. Greene is Endowed Chair and Head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His research was cited four times in the U.S. Supreme Court's opinions in the landmark Zelman v. Simmons-Harris case on school vouchers. His articles have appeared in The Public Interest, City Journal, Education Next, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, as well as many other scholarly and popular publications.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The money myth - "schools perform poorly because they need more money" 7
2 The special ed myth - "special education programs burden pubic schools, hindering their academic performance" 21
3 The myth of helplessness - "social problems like poverty cause students to fail; schools are helpless to prevent it" 39
4 The class size myth - "schools should reduce class sizes; small classes would produce big improvements" 49
5 The certification myth - "certified or more experienced teachers are substantially more effective" 59
6 The teacher pay myth - "teachers are badly underpaid" 71
7 The myth of decline - "schools are performing much worse than they used to" 87
8 The graduation myth - "nearly all students graduate from high school" 95
9 The college access myth - "nonacademic barriers prevent a lot of minority students from attending college" 105
10 The high stakes myth - "the results of high-stakes tests are not credible because they're distorted by cheating and teaching to the test" 117
11 The push-out myth - "exit exams cause more students to drop out of high school" 127
12 The accountability burden myth - "accountability systems impose large financial burdens on schools" 135
13 The inconclusive research myth - "the evidence on the effectiveness of vouchers is mixed and inconclusive" 147
14 The exeter myth - "private schools have higher test scores because they have more money and recruit high-performing students while expelling low-performing students" 157
15 The draining myth - "school choice harms public schools" 167
16 The disabled need not apply myth - "private schools won't serve disabled students" 179
17 The democratic values myth - "private schools are less effective at promoting tolerance and civic participation" 191
18 The segregation myth - "private schools are more racially segregated than public schools" 201
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