Schoolhouse Shams: Myths And Misinformation In School Reform by Peter DownsSchoolhouse Shams: Myths And Misinformation In School Reform by Peter Downs

Schoolhouse Shams: Myths And Misinformation In School Reform

byPeter Downs

Paperback | December 27, 2012

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Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed school reform policies of the last decade. Many of the top strategies of the highly publicized school reform movement already have been tried out in St. Louis with disastrous results. Along with demonstrating the failure of school reform prescriptions to improve education, the experience of St. Louis demonstrates that the ideological premise of the reform movement, that a focus on providing opportunities for private profit-taking will necessarily improve schools, is both wrong and conflicts with the ideals of democracy, accountability, and justice.
Peter Downs is a former member and president of the St. Louis Board of Education. He is a business writer and editor of a trade magazine. His children study in public schools.
Title:Schoolhouse Shams: Myths And Misinformation In School ReformFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 8.98 × 5.97 × 0.69 inPublished:December 27, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Sham One: Desegregation Destroyed Schools Sham Two: Testing Answers Everything Sham Three: Reading is the Basis of All Learning Sham Four: Teaching Means Not Worrying About Students Learning Sham Five: Public Schools Are Too Wasteful Sham Six: Private is Better Sham Seven: Shopping is the Answer Sham Eight: Democracy Ruins Schools Sham Nine: Justice Has No Place in Education Sham Ten: It's All About the Children Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Schoolhouse Shams by Peter Downs continues the exposure of corporate-led school reform by dissecting and systematically demolishing the top ten arguments - or shams - that these 'reformers' use to make their case, including the efficacy of high stakes testing, the focus on teaching reading skills, and the wastefulness of public versus privatized services. What's unique about Down's study is not so much the conclusions themselves, cogent as they are, but the way he gets there. . . .Particularly notable in this regard is Down's analysis of privatization of public services - both inside and outside of public education - from municipal trash pickup, to school building and grounds maintenance and food services, to publicly funded charter schools. . . .Downs also does a good job of demonstrating how, despite reformers' claims to the contrary, poor education could not have accounted for the growing white-Black income gap between 1970-2000, given that African Americans made substantial progress in closing the educational attainment gap over the same period.