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

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

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by David C. Berliner, Bruce J. Biddle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201441969

ISBN-13: 9780201441963

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Basic Books


The Manufactured Crisis debunks the myths that test scores in America’s schools are falling, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit. It shares the good news about public education. Disputing conventional wisdom, this book ignited debate in Newsweek, The New York Times, and the entire teaching profession. Winner of the…  See more details below

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The Manufactured Crisis debunks the myths that test scores in America’s schools are falling, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit. It shares the good news about public education. Disputing conventional wisdom, this book ignited debate in Newsweek, The New York Times, and the entire teaching profession. Winner of the American Educational Research Association book award, The Manufactured Crisis is the best source of facts and analysis for people who care about what’s really happening in our schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201441963
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
658,000
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

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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David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle wrote a book titled 'The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools'. This book claims that it is a 'myth that America spends a lot more on education than other countries'. To back up this claim, the authors presented a chart on page 67 which gives 'K-12 expenditures for education in 16 nations in 1985 (based on exchange rates in 1988)'. The reader should note that the year in which the expenditures occurred (1985) and the year of the exchange rates (1988) are different. By mismatching the year of the expenditures and the year of the exchange rates, the authors were able to inflate the level of educational expenditures for the fifteen foreign countries by an average in 49.8%. For the period 1981-1989, the dollar reached its lowest level in terms of exchange rates in 1988. Therefore, by choosing the 1988 exchange rates, the authors were able to inflate the fifteen foreign nations educational expeditures by the greatest amount. No where else in the book do they draw conclusions by mismatching the years for the exchange rates. For example, on page 225, the authors quoted a book which compared per capita income by using exchange rates where the years were not mismatched. On page 93, American worker productivity is compared with the productivity of workers in other countries. To make this comparison, the authors quoute a report which makes use of exchange rates which equalizes the price levels in the various countris. This type of exchange rate is known as purchasing power parity. If either of these methods were used to make comparisons of education spending levels in different countries, they would have to conclude that America spends more on education than most other countries. To evaluate this countries educational needs, we will need much better scholarship than is provided in this book