Reading for Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind / Edition 1

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Lead your practice, your school, or your district toward a return to professionalism and away from faceless literacy programs designed with dividends in mind. Get informed with Reading for Profit; read studies that prove NCLB and other reforms hurt kids, and learn how to initiate the change your students need.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Why is reading instruction so often focused on the mechanical transmission of skills rather than on the development of meaningful literacy? To understand why, we need to know who: who decides how children will be taught, and who benefits from that decision? Reading for Profit demonstrates conclusively that the pedagogical is political.”–Alfie Kohn, Author of The Case Against Standardized Testing and The Schools Our Children Deserve

“Filled with teachers' voices and an eye-opening analysis, this timely book reveals the corporate assault on schools, children's reading education, and teachers' effectiveness.”–Gerald Coles, Author of Reading the Naked Truth and Misreading Reading

“The Manufactured Crisis and The War Against America's Public Schools were angry books. This is a furious book. The extensive evidence it mounts to describe this attempt renders it an accurate book.”–Gerald W. Bracey, Author of Setting the Record Straight, Second Edition

“This book documents the corporate connections and exposes their motivations, documents the fear and frustration that experienced and highly competent teachers feel, and repeatedly and thoroughly documents the failings of the programs. These are the voices the public needs to hear.”–Stephen Krashen, Author of The Power of Reading, Second Edition

“Kudos to Bess Altwerger for this remarkable collection.... This book arms us to fight back.”–Susan Ohanian, Author of Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? and One Size Fits Few

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007922
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Bess Altwerger is the author or editor of three books with Heinemann: ReReading Fluency (2007), Reading for Profit (2005), and Whole Language: What's the Difference? (1990). She is Professor of Elementary Education and Graduate Reading at Towson University. Bess has worked to develop critical literacy pedagogies that prepare students to build a more just, democratic, and sustainable future. Her current activies are devoted to transforming repressive literacy policies, reprofessionalizing teaching, and returning joy to classrooms.
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Table of Contents

1 Reading for profit : a corporate coup in context 1
2 Heads they win; tails we lose 11
3 Scientific flimflam : a who's who of entrepreneurial research 21
4 Operation no child left behind 33
5 Follow the money : reading first grants in Pennsylvania 50
6 Scripted reading instruction : help or hindrance? 63
7 The influence of decodable texts on readers' strategies 78
8 Invisible teacher/invisible children : the company line 96
9 Basal reading programs and the culture of literacy 112
10 An open look at the open court program 128
11 Teachers' perspectives on open court 142
12 The rich get richer; the poor get direct instruction 156
13 The impact of reading mastery on children's reading strategies 172
14 First do no harm : teachers' reactions to mandated reading mastery 184
15 "Gracias por la oportunidad, pero voy a buscar otro trabajo ..." a beginning teacher resists high-stakes curriculum 199
16 Proven programs, profits, and practice : ten unprofitable but scientific strategies for improving reading achievement 216
17 Honor thy teachers 231
18 The power of literature discussion 243
Call to action 257
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