Education Under Siege: Frauds, Fads, Fantasies And Fictions In Educational Reform by Arthur ShapiroEducation Under Siege: Frauds, Fads, Fantasies And Fictions In Educational Reform by Arthur Shapiro

Education Under Siege: Frauds, Fads, Fantasies And Fictions In Educational Reform

byArthur Shapiro

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

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We Americans seem prone to bandwagon onto fads, particularly now that reforming education has become a national priority. Unfortunately, many of those fads now caroming across our continent are outright frauds; some are fantasies, even fictions. Even more unfortunately, many are undermining our public schools, teachers, kids and communities, and pillaging our tax dollars in the process.This book analyzes each major reform--No Child Left Behind, Common Core State Standards, grading schools, evaluating teachers, failing students, vouchers, charters, online virtual charters-- and finds them seriously wanting. We conclude with reforms that work actually helping teachers, kids, parents and communities.
Arthur Shapiro is a theoretically-based practitioner, has been a teacher, principal, secondary education director, assistant superintendent and superintendent in inner city, suburban and rural school districts. An educational leadership professor, he writes and consults internationally and nationally on school reform, such as decentral...
Title:Education Under Siege: Frauds, Fads, Fantasies And Fictions In Educational ReformFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 9.43 × 6.18 × 0.79 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781475803075

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsDedicationPrefaceChapter 1 No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top (NCLB 2.0), andTheir Basis, The Accountability MovementChapter 2 Common Core State Standards Chapter 3 Merit and Teacher Evaluation - Another FraudChapter 4 Instead of Teacher Evaluation, which Isn't Working: A Different ApproachChapter 5 Evaluating Teachers by Using Value-Added Models (VAMs) (Whatever that Means): Another Political tool to Hold Schools AccountableChapter 6 Failing Kids - Still A FailureChapter 7 Evaluating Vs. Grading (Really Rating) SchoolsChapter 8 Privatization: Fad, Fraud, Fantasy and/or Fiction?Chapter 9 Charter Schools-A Form of PrivatizationChapter 10 Vouchers-Another Form of PrivatizationChapter 11 Virtual Charter Schools - Privatization on SteroidsChapter 12 Miracles (or, Really Mirages) - for the GullibleChapter 13 Major Reforms that Really WorkBibliographyAbout the Author

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Once upon a time in a land not so far far away, the common good of public education was under siege by the fire breathing greedy profitability dragon. The knight in this story is Arthur Shapiro with a pen mightier than the sword. After reading this enlightening book, all those in public education, all those who attend public schools, will want to join this brave knight in the fight against frauds, fads, fantasies and fiction in the discourse on public education reform.