Schools For Sale: Why Free Market Policies Won't Improve America's Schools, and What Will / Edition 1

Schools For Sale: Why Free Market Policies Won't Improve America's Schools, and What Will / Edition 1

by Ernest House
     
 

In Schools for Sale, author Ernest House debunks the myth that economic productivity should shape educational policy and practice. House conclusively illustrates that the attempts by the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations to reshape the school to make "productive workers" ignore how schools work and how students learn, and in the end are doomed to failure.… See more details below

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In Schools for Sale, author Ernest House debunks the myth that economic productivity should shape educational policy and practice. House conclusively illustrates that the attempts by the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations to reshape the school to make "productive workers" ignore how schools work and how students learn, and in the end are doomed to failure. Politically driven proposals for vouchers and privatization and increased calls for accountability and standards gain headlines and capture the attention of the public, but they routinely ignore the need to involve teachers and schools in the debate over the future of our schools. Based on his years of work as a professor of educational policy analysis, House develops an appraisal framework that evaluates reforms and enables readers to test the relative merits and viability of popular reform ideas. This book provides a signal service to politicians, policy makers, and the general public interested in creating a sustainable future for our nation's students and schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807737378
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Critical Issues in Educational Leadership Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Policies, Markets, and Teacher Assets1
Pt. IBig Policy5
Ch. 1Policy and Productivity in Education7
Ch. 2Reagan's Education Policies13
Ch. 3Clinton's Education Policies25
Ch. 4Education and the Economy39
Ch. 5Reinventing Government52
Pt. IILittle Policy67
Ch. 6Improving Productivity69
Ch. 7A Framework for Appraisal78
Ch. 8Goals, Standards, and Decentralization89
Ch. 9Market and Incentive Policies99
Ch. 10Asset Policies: Research, Self-Assessment, and Small Schools114
Conclusion: The Limits of Productivity128
References141
Index153
About the Author159

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