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The big lies of school reform : finding better solutions for the future of public education

Author: Paul Gorski; Kristien Zenkov
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2014. ©2014
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"The Big Lies of School Reform provides a critical interruption to the ongoing policy conversations taking place around public education in the United States today. By analyzing the discourse employed by politicians, lobbyists, think tanks, and special interest groups, the authors uncover the hidden assumptions that often underlie popular statements about school reform, and demonstrate how misinformation or  Read more...
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Big lies of school reform.
New York : Routledge, 2014
(DLC) 2013042694
(OCoLC)862102642
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Gorski; Kristien Zenkov
ISBN: 9781306505772 1306505771 9781315886367 1315886367 9781134607419 1134607415
OCLC Number: 874101100
Description: 1 online resource (x, 177 pages)
Contents: The pedagogy of poverty : the big lies about poor children / Gloria Ladson-Billings --
Improving education and the mistaken focus on "raising test scores" and "closing the achievement gap" / Rochelle Gutiérrez --
The common core : engine of inequity / Anthony Cody --
Direct instruction : effectively teaching low-level skills / Curt Dudley-Marling --
Detangling the lies about English-only and bilingual education / Jim Cummins --
The test does not know best : on collecting good evidence for student learning / Deborah Meier --
Lying about teachers and their training / Kristien Zenkov --
Teachers' unions are not bad for kids / Katy Swalwell --
The truth about tracking / Lauren Anderson and Jeannie Oakes --
Poverty, economic inequality, and the impossible promise of school reform / Paul C. Gorski --
Seeing students as humans, not products : why public schools should not be run like private businesses / Wayne Au --
The trouble with federal turnaround policies and their impact on low-scoring schools / Michelle Renée and Tina Trujillo.
Responsibility: edited by Paul C. Gorski and Kristien Zenkov.

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"The Big Lies of School Reform provides a critical interruption to the ongoing policy conversations taking place around public education in the United States today. By analyzing the discourse employed by politicians, lobbyists, think tanks, and special interest groups, the authors uncover the hidden assumptions that often underlie popular statements about school reform, and demonstrate how misinformation or half-truths have been used to reshape public education in ways that serve the interests of private enterprise. Through a thoughtful series of essays that each identify one "lie" about popular school reform initiatives, the authors of this collection reveal the concrete impacts of these falsehoods--from directing funding to shaping curricula to defining student achievement. Luminary contributors including Deborah Meier, Jeannie Oakes, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Jim Cummins explain how reform movements affect teachers and administrators, and how widely-accepted mistruths can hinder genuine efforts to keep public education equitable, effective, and above all, truly public. Topics covered include common core standards, tracking, alternative paths to licensure, and the disempowerment of teachers' unions. Beyond critically examining the popular rhetoric, the contributors offer visions for improving educational access, opportunity, and outcomes for all students and educators, and for protecting public education as a common good."--

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