It's the Classroom, Stupid: A Plan to Save America's Schoolchildren

It's the Classroom, Stupid: A Plan to Save America's Schoolchildren

by Kalman R. Hettleman

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It's the Classroom, Stupid: A Plan to Save America's Schoolchildren by Kalman R. Hettleman

This book presents a bold, unconventional plan to rescue our nation's schoolchildren from a failing public education system. The plan reflects the author's rare fusion of on-the-ground experience as school board member, public administrator and political activist and exhaustive policy research. The causes of failure, Hettleman shows, lie in obsolete ideas and false certainties that are ingrained in a trinity of dominant misbeliefs. First, that educators can be entrusted on their own to do what it takes to reform our schools. Second, that we need to retreat from the landmark federal No Child Left Behind Act and restore more local control. And third, that politics must be kept out of public education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607095484
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 01/16/2010
Series: New Frontiers in Education Series
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kalman R. Hettleman has had a notable career on the frontlines of urban policy and politics, including service in Baltimore as a member of the school board and deputy mayor for education and other social programs, and as a nationally acclaimed education policy analyst. He has also served as Maryland cabinet secretary for social welfare programs, taught at universities, been a public interest attorney and managed state and local political campaigns.

Table of Contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Preface 3 PART I. INTRODUCTION 4 PART II. BEDROCK BARRIERS TO REFORM 5 PART III. WHO'S TO BLAME? 6 PART IV. A NEW EDUCATION FEDERALISM 7 PART V. BETTER WEAPONS OF MASS INSTRUCTION 8 PART VI. INTERIM REPORT CARD 9 About the Author

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E.D. Hirsch

This forceful and clear book cuts through tired, left-versus-right slogans about public education. If Hettleman's recommendations were followed, our schools would be greatly improved.

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