In an imaginary conversation at Café Griensteidl in New York City twelve venerable women scholars outdo nine very rich dangerously misguided men of enormous power. Bill Gates appears and so does Sir Michael Barber of Pearson, along with Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth and Dorothy Lintott of Alan Bennett's History Boys.
Scenes from Isaac Asimov's Nightfall and Italo Calvino's Daughters of the Moon are folded in. Sarah Montague of BBC's Hardtalk, Jeremy Paxman of Nightline, and researcher and historian of education Diane Ravitch, all play their parts. Thomas Piketty of Capital in the Twenty-First Century briefly appears, as do Louis C.K. of Louie and John Cleese of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers.
With the title a parody on a nursery rhyme, this satire defies categorization. It conjures up all the powers of drama, tragedy, and comedy, with the help of the celebrated diners at Café Griensteidl, a teacher and parent demonstration, and rappers, in a New York street scene celebration where Amsterdam meets Broadway.
It is a cosmological allegory which combines scientific realism and musical comedy to set the stage for the last act in which twelve venerable women scholars appear to expose the political skullduggery, nefarious practices, avarice, and greed behind the coup d'état - officially called the Whole System Global Education Revolution - that is dismantling the US public school system, destroying democracy, and threatening the present and future lives of our children.
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This is Taylor’s pièce de résistance- an intricately woven work that reveals the duplicity rampant in the corporate infiltration of our schools. This book is recommended reading for anyone concerned about the social and emotional well-being of our children and the quality of their education experiences.
Review of Save Our Children Save Our Schools Author, publisher, teacher, scholar and activist Denny Taylor hits the nail on the head with this tragic-comedic tale of the monstrous systems of colonialism, patriarchy and oligarchy dominating education reform. In a historical moment when reality is more absurd than fiction (and indeed more frightening) Taylor’s use of satire seems quite fitting. Save Our Children, Save Our Schools offers the voices and perspectives of notable historic educators, philosophers, and activists. And while the book is deftly interwoven into playful pseudo-fictional narrative, the scope of factual and detailed research makes this a must-read for anyone who has gone down the rabbit hole of understanding of how corporate-run our education system has become. The dialogue offers wit and bite. Taylor explicates a praxis for the future of education, grounded in linguistic, feminist, historic, and critical pedagogies that take us from nightmare to a vision of hope. The multiple voices and complex blend of genres reveal how the past, present, and future are all with us at this precise moment. While this engaging and sometimes humorous and richly informative “tale” may feel a little overwhelming for beginners (reform novices), it is a vital read for anyone already familiar with the hijacking of our public education system. As someone deeply familiar with the nightmarish reform landscape, I found Taylor’s book to enrich and expand my existing understanding. The creative genre-bending (and blending) are more than a mere trope of entertainment-Rather, Taylor’s style is deliberative. Imaginative dialogues between Bill Gates, Arne Duncan, Susan Ohanian and others (real and fictional, dead and alive) make for an enjoyable read that also provokes questions and demands the reader’s active engagement in the conversation.