The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud and the Attack on America's Public Schools / Edition 1

The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud and the Attack on America's Public Schools / Edition 1

by David C. Berliner
     
 

Over the past decade a rising chorus of critics - from William Bennett to Allan Bloom - has decried the supposedly dire state of our public schools. Kids aren't learning what they should, violence and chaos reign in the classroom, and bureaucracy strangles attempts at reform. But how much of that grim image is really true? In The Manufactured Crisis, two prominent… See more details below

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Over the past decade a rising chorus of critics - from William Bennett to Allan Bloom - has decried the supposedly dire state of our public schools. Kids aren't learning what they should, violence and chaos reign in the classroom, and bureaucracy strangles attempts at reform. But how much of that grim image is really true? In The Manufactured Crisis, two prominent scholars, prize-winning educational psychologist David C. Berliner and leading social psychologist Bruce J. Biddle, fight back with the good news. They debunk a whole series of familiar but untrue statistics about public schools - that SAT scores have been dropping, when for many groups they are in fact rising; that illiteracy is up, when in fact the numbers have been skewed because schools are now educating the traditionally disenfranchised in ever larger numbers; that investments in public education do not pay off when, in fact, they lead to greater student achievements and life earnings; that private schools are inherently better than public schools when, in fact, the evidence does not support this charge. Berliner and Biddle tear through these and other sensational myths to give the reader an honest look at public education in America and the misguided, often tragic proposals that critics have urged for correcting these fictive problems. In addition, they expose and offer solutions to the real problems American public schools face today, schools that continue to provide an increasingly diverse citizenry with the opportunity to better their lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801314865
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
College ed
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.11(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Thinking About Education in a Different Way1
Ch. 2Myths About Achievement and Aptitude13
Ch. 3Other Myths About American Schools65
Ch. 4Why Now?129
Ch. 5Poor Ideas for Reform173
Ch. 6Real Problems of American Education215
Ch. 7Toward the Improvement of Education281
Ch. 8Fundamentals of School Improvement: Research and Compassion343
Endnotes351
References363
Name Index393
Subject Index403

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