Saving Our Schools: The Case For Public Education Saying No to "No Child Left Behind" / Edition 1

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More than 6,000 schools have been targeted for closing by No Child Left Behind. Thousands more will be added to the failing schools list by the Department of Education in August. This book shows the devastating impact No Child Left Behind is having on schools and communities across the nation. It shows how NCLB is systematically attempting to close public schools and turn America's treasured community schools into a third world system. Step by step the distinguished contributors show how communities from Alaska are fighting back to save our neighborhood schools.

Kenneth S. Goodman is Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, College of Education, Department of Language, Reading and Culture, Tucson. His research and theory about the reading process has earned respect among language arts educators everywhere. He offers scientific information and evidence to support his beliefs about the misinformation that has contributed to the current confusion about testing and how children read and write.

Patrick Shannon is Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University, Dept. Of Curriculum and Instruction, University Park, PA. He is a former preschool and primary grade teacher who studies the politics that surround reading policies, programs, and practices. His current project is an investigation of adolescents' construction of the purposes of history through film and fiction.

Yetta M. Goodman is Regents Professor of Education, University of Arizona, College of Education, Tucson. In addition to her research in early literacy, miscue analysis and reading and writing processes, she has popularized the term kidwatching and advocates for public acknowledgment of professional educators' knowledge and experience.

Roger Rapoport is an investigative reporter and editor. He has written about higher education, the nuclear weapons industry, California politics, technology and medicine. His previous books include, Hillsdale: Greek Tragedy in America's Heartland, The Great American Bomb Machine, California Dreaming: The Political Odyssey of Pat and Jerry Brown, and The Superdoctors. He lives in Michigan and California.

Authors of Articles

Contributors include John C. Aeri, Jo Beth Allen, Richard L. Allington, David Berliner, Mary L. Fahrenbruck, Bruce Fuller, Wendy Goodman, James V. Hoffman, Farin Houk-Cerna, George Madaus, Richard J. Meyer, Jill Mora, John Novack, Jerry Parks, Kathleen Rhoades, Ruth Saez Vega, Misty Sailors, Steve Strauss, Thomas G. Sticht, and Dorothy Watson

A stealth campaign to privatize American education, George Bush's "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) threatens to close more than 6,000 public schools, pushing dedicated teachers and disadvantaged children out of our neighborhood schools.

In Saving Our Schools, leading educators and researchers show how NCLB shifts control of every aspect of American public education to a faceless Washington bureaucracy while marginalizing successful methods, materials, teacher education, staff development programs, and curriculum. Saving Our Schools investigates the devastating results of forcing financially strapped schools to squander meager resources on highstakes standardized tests. It reveals how the government blacklists successful professors, institutions, methods, and materials that deviate from the NCLB party line. It exposes George Bush's top education advisors who call National Education Association members "terrorists" and would like to "blow up" teachers' colleges. A citizens' call to unite in defense of public education, Saving Our Schools urges every American parent and teacher to take action now- before time runs out.
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"Saving Our Schools: The Case For Public Educaton Saying No to "No Child Left Behind" is the collective effort of Ken Goodman, Patrick Shannon, Yetta Goodman, and Roger Rapoport. It exposes the ugly side of President George Bush's "No Child Left Behind" mandate, which has threatened to close more than 6,000 public schools, to the detriment of dedicated teachers and disadvantaged children alike. Revealing how NCLB forces schools with strictly limited resources to teach its children test-taking skills in a desperate bid to pass high-stakes standardized testing, and how the government blacklists successful professors, institutions, and methods that balk the NCLB party line, and much more, Saving Our Schools warns of an immediate threat to the integrity of public education and urges the reader to take action. An eye-opening social commentary, of keen importance in determining the nation's future."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571431028
  • Publisher: RDR Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Maybe they are being left behind

    Many parents do not realize that by not doing anything about the No Child Left Behind Act, they are putting their child¿s education in jeopardy. In Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to ¿No Child Left Behind,¿ Ken Goodman and the other editors write about the effects of the ¿No Child Left Behind¿ Act of 2001. In this collection of research based essays, the editors argue that the act is a conservative movement which will lead to the privatization of the American school system. This book also covers the wide range of consequences the act will have on the public school system, the teachers, and the students. The editors also encourage parents and educators to fight back against the act and its effect. This book was easy to read and understand, and all of the opinions were well supported and organized. I like this book, because it shows the truth behind the act. It also enlightens the reader about the severity of the issue and the steps that need to be taken to repair the damage that¿s already been done.

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