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Class warfare : inside the fight to fix America's schools

Author: Steven Brill
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2011.
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This work looks at why many of America's schools are failing and relates how parents, activists, and education reformers are joining together to fix a system that works for adults but consistently fails the children it is meant to educate. In it the author takes a look at the adults who are fighting over America's failure to educate its children, and points the way to reversing that failure.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Brill
ISBN: 9781451611991 1451611994 9781451612028 1451612028
OCLC Number: 714725391
Description: xii, 478 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The race --
Juicy words --
The epiphanies --
"Be obedient. Be good. Keep your mouth shut." --
"If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted ..." --
A "hopelessly naïve" thesis --
A governor and a president take center stage --
Payroll to payroll --
Lighting up the capitol switchboard --
The backlash --
Schoolyard classroom --
The discovery : "good teaching matters" --
The network --
No child left behind --
"Don't worry, it's just a parent" --
"The union won't allow it" --
"The idea wasn't just to keep them from killing somebody" --
"How could the Democrats be against this?" --
Seeing George Soros's apartment --
New York realities --
"Our party has got to wake up on this" --
The co-location trap --
Creating a new school system the hard way --
"Colorado says half of you won't graduate" --
The pol and the moneymen --
Foxes in the henhouse --
Mounting evidence --
"This just seemed so obvious" --
More money, no hassles --
Building Harlem success --
"This is not a self-esteem movement" --
"You really don't want to hire me" --
"Pulling the rug out" --
Money meets data --
Hillary for teachers, teachers for Hillary --
Forward, backward in New York --
$45,000 well spent --
"Faceless bureaucracy" --
Back in the classroom --
Quarantine the data --
Climbing the ladder --
Rhee's choice : your union or $130,000 --
Turning around the USS Gates --
The new Democrats --
Two returns to the classroom --
"Wake up, Obama just talked about you" --
"Inside baseball" --
"What do you guys think you could do with a hundred billion?" --
The chosen four --
"They'll do backflips" --
"Things I can't change from this building" --
Widgets --
Agreement in Pittsburgh --
The opposite of venture capital --
"Outcomes, not achievement" --
"Obfuscating the issue ... fooling the reviewers" --
A shriek on Park Avenue --
The Feinberg gambit --
School reform : the movie --
Firing everyone --
"My baby is reading" --
Going over to the other side --
A "baffling" round one --
"Varnish on a sinking ship" --
Two winners --
Back on the horse in Colorado --
Billionaires trapped in an elevator --
Rhee's breakthrough --
"He met with everyone" --
A New York breakthrough--or mirage? --
Rocky Mountain high --
"Honored, humbled, hopeful--and horrified" --
"She's de Klerk in South Africa. We have to help her." --
The quiet revolution --
"Teach like your hair's on fire" --
Klein's and Mulgrew's "wonderful negotiation" --
From inside baseball to public accountability --
"Arne, here's the column you've been missing" --
Soaring dreams, street-level politics --
Rhee rejected --
"I'll email your dad and tell him" --
The "Mujahideen" and the moderates --
Punch, counterpunch --
A marathon, not a sprint.
Responsibility: Steven Brill.

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This work looks at why many of America's schools are failing and relates how parents, activists, and education reformers are joining together to fix a system that works for adults but consistently fails the children it is meant to educate. In it the author takes a look at the adults who are fighting over America's failure to educate its children, and points the way to reversing that failure.

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