50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

The Real Crisis in Education

Book - 2014
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This book is guaranteed to spark lively debates and critical thinking in any classroom! Two of the most respected voices in education identify 50 myths and lies that threaten America's public schools. Berliner and Glass argue that many citizens' conception of K-12 public education in the United States is more myth than reality. Warped opinions about our nation's public schools include: they are inferior to private schools; they are among the worst in the world in math and science; teachers should be fired if their students don't score at the national average, and on and on. With more than a little humour, Berliner and Glass separate fact from fiction in this comprehensive look at modern education reform. They explain how the mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests who stand to gain from its destruction. They expose a rapidly expanding variety of organisations and media that intentionally misrepresent facts. Where appropriate, they name the promoters of the hoax and point out how their interests are served by encouraging false beliefs. Their method of debunking these falsehoods is to argue against their logic, criticise the data supporting them, and present more credible contradictory data. This dynamic book features short essays on important topics to provide every teacher, administrator, school board member, and concerned parent with reliable knowledge from authoritative sources.
Publisher: New York : Teachers College Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780807755242
Characteristics: xii, 260 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Glass, Gene V 1940-
Berliner, David C.

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StarGladiator
May 26, 2015

[Isn't it amazing that the super-rich couple who funded the movie, Waiting for Superman, and live in Medina, WA, never attended a single public school, only private schools?] Pretty darn good book, but the empirical study, published in the Atlantic magazine circa 1972, definitively explained that the best indicator of economic success in America is the family one is born into. And given that the USA now ranks bottom in social mobility among the OECD countries, it certainly can't have gotten any better.

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