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Demythologizing educational reforms : responses to the political and corporate takeover of education

Author: Arthur T Costigan; Leslee Grey
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2015.
Series: Routledge research in education policy and politics, 7.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There are dozens of myths surrounding educational reform today, maintaining the school’s role in economic competitiveness, the deficiency of teachers, the benefits of increased testing, and the worthiness of privatization. In this volume, the editors argue that this discussion has been co-opted to reflect the values and worldviews of special interest groups such as elites in power, politicians, corporate  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur T Costigan; Leslee Grey
ISBN: 9780415735551 0415735556
OCLC Number: 869771506
Description: viii, 203 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Demythologizing educational reforms: 30 years since A nation at risk / Arthur T. Costigan --
The neoliberal myth: narrative resistance to democratic education / Bryan Metcalfe --
Class struggle and education: neoliberalism, (neo)-conservatism, and the capitalist assault on public education: a Marxist analysis / Dave Hill --
Debunking the myth of standardized education to promote equity and rigor / Debra A. Root --
An inquiry into the myth of neutrality: curriculum and pedagogy in an age of terrorism / Jessica A. Heybach --
Deceptive data: how the corporate reform movement uses standardized tests to achieve the neoliberal agenda / David Hursh --
Behind the Common Core standards movement: OECD's PISA and global education policy / Richard D. Lakes --
Charter schools: appearance versus essence / Shawgi Tell --
The myth of preparation and the futility of teacher education programs / Eric C. Sheffield --
From K to EdD: understanding the cycle of compliance and teacher education's complicity in neoliberal school reform / David Gabbard --
Afterword: implications and discussion / Leslee Grey.
Series Title: Routledge research in education policy and politics, 7.
Responsibility: edited by Arthur T. Costigan and Leslee Grey.

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"There are dozens of myths surrounding educational reform today, maintaining the school’s role in economic competitiveness, the deficiency of teachers, the benefits of increased testing, and the worthiness of privatization. In this volume, the editors argue that this discussion has been co-opted to reflect the values and worldviews of special interest groups such as elites in power, politicians, corporate educational foundations, and the media. Prominent educational writers tackle contemporary issues such as neoliberalism, suburban schooling, charter schools and parental involvement. They expose the "logic behind the talk" and critically examine these problematic beliefs to uncover meaningful improvements in education which are better grounded in the social, economic, political and educational realities of contemporary society"--amazon.com.

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