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The School Reform Landscape - by Christopher H Tienken & Donald C Orlich (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 188

Genre: Education

Sub-Genre: Educational Policy & Reform

Format: Paperback

Publisher: R & L Education

Book theme: General

Author: Christopher H Tienken & Donald C Orlich

Language: English

Street Date: February 22, 2013
TCIN: 78572778
UPC: 9781475802580
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-3140


As the subtitle indicates, Tienken (Seton Hall Univ.) and Orlich (emer., Washington State Univ.) are critical of current school 'reform' efforts, especially overreliance on standardized tests, national curricula (including common core standards), and the spread of charter schools. In the first chapter, they contrast liberal reform policies for an inclusive, democratic school system that emphasizes thinking skills and democratic social values, advocated by proponents from Thomas Jefferson to John Dewey, with parallel reform efforts (such as the 19th-century Lancaster system) that lead to 'dual' educational approaches separating privileged children from the poor. They argue that assertions that schools are failing, postulated by conservatives after the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, repeated in the 1983 report A Nation at Risk, and presented as justification for the 2001 No Child Left Behind legislation, are false and put forward with little supporting evidence. Current federal policies exemplified by Race to the Top continue this trend and are anti-democratic. This summary of the liberal critique of the current state of education in the US is not particularly well written, but the authors make their case compellingly and cite much of the research and policy literature by others that supports their position. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, and professionals.--CHOICE
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