Tuesday, December 01, 2009

NCLB: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

This is the title of Chapter 4 of Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality, Transforming the Fire Consuming America's Schools.  By Gerald W. Bracey.  2009,
An excellent read.  Buy it as a Christmas gift for someone.

Gerald W. Bracey, one of the most erudite, prolific, and acidic critics of national education policy, died unexpectedly Oct. 20 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash. He was 69.

Are America's schools in crisis? Are they broken beyond repair? In Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality, Dr. Bracey makes a convincing argument while there is certainly room for improvement, public schools are as good as or better than they've ever been. By too easily accepting a credo of "what can be measured matters," many have accepted misconceptions about our students' progress as well as their standing among the world's children. Educators will find this book uplifting and convincing. Critics will be forced to pause and reconsider. 
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