The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies

The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies

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by Christopher H., Ed.D Tienken Ed.D, Donald C. Orlich
     
 

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In The School Reform Landscape: Fear, Mythologies, and Lies, the authors take an in-depth and controversial look at school reform since the launch of Sputnik. They scrutinize school reform events, proposals, and policies from the last 60 years through the lens of critical social theory and examine the ongoing tensions between the need to keep a vibrant unitary system

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In The School Reform Landscape: Fear, Mythologies, and Lies, the authors take an in-depth and controversial look at school reform since the launch of Sputnik. They scrutinize school reform events, proposals, and policies from the last 60 years through the lens of critical social theory and examine the ongoing tensions between the need to keep a vibrant unitary system of public education and the ongoing assault by corporate and elite interests in creating a dual system. Some of events, proposals, and policies critiqued include the Sputnik myth, A Nation At Risk, No Child Left Behind, the lies of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and other common reform schemes. The authors provide an evidence-based contrarian view of the free-market reform ideas and pierce the veil of the new reform policies to find that they are built not upon empirical evidence, but instead rest solidly on foundations of myth, fear, and lies. Ideas for a new set of reform policies, based on empirical evidence and supportive of a unitary, democratic system of education are presented.

Editorial Reviews

Richard A. Flanary
The School Reform Landscape: Fear, Mythology, and Lies provides a comprehensive and thorough depiction of school reform. In order to recognize the current state of school reform, it is imperative to know where we’ve been. The authors’ treatment of the school reform landscape is complete, honest, enlightening and a must read.
Yong Zhao
The education reform emperor has no clothes! Tienken and Orlich bravely and brilliantly tell the inconvenient truth about the mega reforms in American education history with abundant evidence, incisive analysis, and infectious passion to defend public education. A must read for all concerned about the fate of public schools and America’s future.
Kenyon Kummings
Tienken and Orlich pull back the curtain on the latest evolution of school reform proposals to reveal that many policies and practices are founded upon bankrupt slogans, ideology, and myths. They outline the purpose and value of the unitary, democratic system of public education and how such a system is meant to create and facilitate equity and social mobility. The authors present evidenced-based suggestions for education policy and provide school leaders and policy makers with ideas they can use to take action. This should be required reading for every parent, educator, and politician in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475802597
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
02/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
188
File size:
2 MB

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Kenyon Kummings
Tienken and Orlich pull back the curtain on the latest evolution of school reform proposals to reveal that many policies and practices are founded upon bankrupt slogans, ideology, and myths. They outline the purpose and value of the unitary, democratic system of public education and how such a system is meant to create and facilitate equity and social mobility. The authors present evidenced-based suggestions for education policy and provide school leaders and policy makers with ideas they can use to take action. This should be required reading for every parent, educator, and politician in America.
Richard A. Flanary
The School Reform Landscape: Fear, Mythology, and Lies provides a comprehensive and thorough depiction of school reform. In order to recognize the current state of school reform, it is imperative to know where we’ve been. The authors’ treatment of the school reform landscape is complete, honest, enlightening and a must read.
Yong Zhao
The education reform emperor has no clothes! Tienken and Orlich bravely and brilliantly tell the inconvenient truth about the mega reforms in American education history with abundant evidence, incisive analysis, and infectious passion to defend public education. A must read for all concerned about the fate of public schools and America’s future.

Meet the Author

Christopher H. Tienken is an assistant professor at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy.

Donald C. Orlich is Professor Emeritus of Education and Science Instruction at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. He is the author of numerous published papers and author or co-author or 16 published books.


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The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
muhunthan More than 1 year ago
5 stars. Great insight! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captures what is really needed in today's school reform... practical insight about what's needed for the future, using a factual, comprehensive and critical review of the past as a foundation. Bravo to the authors. 
Anonymous 3 months ago
YES!!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
"Wanna help plan it?"
Anonymous 5 months ago
Walks in.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Sits at the lunch table
MarkL2 More than 1 year ago
These guys are smart. They make it easy to understand the complexities of school reform and the underlying objectives of the major players.  A worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got my copy and read in a few days! yes, read this book! It's an important subject matter and a timely release. 
Alicia1201 More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. I recommend this for all working in education as well as those invested in their children's well-being.