Fertilizers, Pills, And Magnetic Strips

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"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth
Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers,
Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transformed American ...
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Overview

"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth
Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers,
Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transformed American culture into a hyper-consuming, xenophobic society that is systematically degrading public education.
Glass shows how the central education policy debates at the start of the 21st century (vouchers, charter schools,
tax credits, high-stakes testing, bilingual education) are actually about two underlying issues: how can the costs of public education be cut, and how can the education of the White middle-class be "quasi-privatized" at public expense? Working from the demographic realities of the past thirty years, he projects a challenging and disturbing future for public education in America.
Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips is attracting the attention of the nation's foremost education scholars.
Reviews:
"This is the first credible book of the 21st century to anticipate the future of public education."
David C. Berliner
".a wake up call to America about the disastrous consequences of current policies that shortchange the education of the coming majorityLatinos and other 'minority'
studentson whom the very future of the nation rests. "
Patricia Gándara
"The book makes such impressive sense that one has to believe that its clarity,
command of the facts, eye for absurdity, and concern for justice will garner greater support for public education as a common and noble cause."
John Willinsky
"This is the most original book about education in years."
Ernest R. House
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593118921
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/24/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,027,305
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Drumbeat of Reform

Ch. 1 The Endless Narrative of Education Reform 3

Ch. 2 Transforming Education: Ordo Ab Chao 19

Pt. II Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips

Ch. 3 Fertilizers and Tractors: The Rural to Urban Migration 59

Ch. 4 Pills ... That Prevent Conception or Extend Life 75

Ch. 5 Magnetic Strips: Easy Credit and the American Economy 85

Ch. 6 America is Growing Browner, Older, and Deeper in Debt 95

Pt. III What Accountability Means

Ch. 7 Robots, Cars, and 4BR/2.5BA 119

Ch. 8 Reforming the Schools: Making Some Cheap and Others Private 145

Ch. 9 Accountability and Ethnicity 203

Pt. IV Looking Forward

Ch. 10 What Is the Fate of Public Education in America? 231

References and Web Sites 251

Listing of Exhibits 271

Acknowledgments 275

Appendixes 281

App. A Notes on Theory, Research and Policy 281

App. B Program for International Student Assessment 288

App. C The Accountability Pressure Rating 292

App. D Race and Ethnicity Data With Accountability Pressure Ratings 298

Author Index 299

Subject Index 303

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    Why Public Education Is In Trouble

    Gene Glass in Fertilizers, Pills and Magnetic Strips, The Fate of Public Education in America has finally exposed in a brilliant analysis the ugly truths that Americans have been living beyond their means, that credit card companies, hiding behind layers of anonymity, have been gouging citizens, and that Congress is in bed with the banking industry. He has not only thought outside the education box in this book, he has created new geometries to demonstrate the relationships with domestic social and economic issues and the deleterious influence of misguided government policies. His thesis that economic and political realities have been transforming the schooling process is refreshingly novel. Glass's macro-thinking gives educational reformers a new impetus for considering how federal and state policies and the dynamism of economics have shaped educational movements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

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    Glass's 'Fertilizers, Pills and Magnetic Strips' is an extremely well conceived publication. The situation of education in the United States has been carefully analyzed and documented, as well as carefully argued with both data and personal opinion. It is a book that every parent, teacher, and education professor should be reading, studying, and acting on. I will be recommending it to all of my former graduate students, education colleagues, and personal friends. Dale Lange Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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