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Tyranny of the textbook : an insider exposes how educational materials undermine reforms

Author: Beverlee Jobrack
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
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"In Tyranny of the Textbook, a retired educational director, gives a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of how K-12 textbooks are developed, written, adopted, and sold. Readers will come to understand why all the reform efforts have failed. Most importantly, the author clearly spells out how the system can change so that reforms and standards have a shot at finally being effective"--
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Jobrack, Beverlee.
Tyranny of the textbook.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012
(DLC) 2011039071
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beverlee Jobrack
ISBN: 9781442211438 1442211431 1283362252 9781283362252
OCLC Number: 774292490
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 242 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
The most effective curriculum materials are rarely adopted --
The educational publishing business and profit motive --
Educational materials publishing : players, process, and priorities --
Standards and testing don't increase student achievement --
Why technology hasn't improved student achievement --
Why teacher education and professional development don't improve student achievement --
Rising above the plateau --
Chronology : major initiatives in standards development.
Responsibility: Beverlee Jobrack.

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"In Tyranny of the Textbook, a retired educational director, gives a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of how K-12 textbooks are developed, written, adopted, and sold. Readers will come to understand why all the reform efforts have failed. Most importantly, the author clearly spells out how the system can change so that reforms and standards have a shot at finally being effective"--

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This is the best and deepest book on the trouble with textbooks I have seen. If anything is going to be done, it may be Jobrack who will have to do it. The Washington Post From long experience in Read more...

 
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