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Left Behind: The Public Education Crisis in the United States

By Paul L. Jalbert
  • ISBN Code: : 1351608193
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 308
  • Category : Social Science
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This book addresses the harmful influences that the cultural, social, economic, political and ideological dimensions, in current ‘American’ society, have upon the delivery of elementary, secondary and university education. It examines the effects of poverty, funding at the local, state and federal levels and racial and ethnic discrimination. Arguing against the continuation of standardized testing—an ill-conceived methodology to measure the performance of children—the author advocates more one-on-one teaching and evaluation. He charges that students’ rights to education are not respected and, in elementary and high school, receive little in the way of instruction that translates into life skills and proposes what some of those skills should be. A critique of the extreme ethnocentric approach to education in the United States, Left Behind advocates strong instruction in the Humanities and foreign languages and the establishment of education abroad as a permanent program in high school and university. The author identifies Capitalism as the basic influence that, in the form of employing ‘business model’ constructs, has slowly transformed our children into obedient consumers. Physical Education has waned and become a major contributor to adolescent obesity. Seeking to replace children’s complacency with critical thinking instruction, the author demonstrates how the corporate mass media occupy their minds. He also fears the erosion of the profession of teaching by an ‘online’ instruction frenzy. The book explores the possibilities for a viable nation-wide education institution, in which decision-making is in the hands of teachers, parents and education experts, instead of politicians and business people. The remedies that could be taken up by ordinary people are accessible at the commonsense level; what prevents change are the lack of political will and economic greed, bolstered by the ideological power of the mass media.

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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 1847143202
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 213
  • Pdf File: analysing-underachievement-in-schools.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Underachievement in school is one of the most widely used terms in education today. As a discourse it has been responsible for influencing government policy, staffroom discussions, as well as the pages of academic journals and the TES. It is also a subject which raises questions about what we expect from a fair and equitable education system. This book provides a critical analysis of two sides of the underachievement debate, at each of the three levels of focus - international, the UK and the individual. On the one hand, it will consider the 'crisis' account; of falling standards and failing pupils and, on the other, present an alternative account, which urges a re-evaluation of the underachievement debate in order to consider who might be underachieving and why.

Intellectuals at a Crossroads

By Zhidong Hao
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 0791487571
  • Total of Pages : 526
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 398
  • Pdf File: intellectuals-at-a-crossroads.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A survey of contemporary Chinese intellectuals.

Development Education in Policy and Practice

By Stephen McCloskey
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 113732466X
  • Total of Pages : 310
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 640
  • Pdf File: development-education-in-policy-and-practice.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Development education is a radical form of learning that addresses the structural causes of poverty and injustice in the global North and South. This volume debates development education practice and the policy environment in which it is delivered. It affirmatively points to the transformative power of education as a means toward social change.

Collateral Damage

By Sharon L. Nichols,David C. Berliner
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  • Publisher : Harvard Education Press
  • Book Code : 1612500803
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 156
  • Pdf File: collateral-damage.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Drawing on their extensive research, Nichols and Berliner document and categorize the ways that high-stakes testing threatens the purposes and ideals of the American education system. For more than a decade, the debate over high-stakes testing has dominated the field of education. This passionate and provocative book provides a fresh perspective on the issue and powerful ammunition for opponents of high-stakes tests. Their analysis is grounded in the application of Campbell’s Law, which posits that the greater the social consequences associated with a quantitative indicator (such as test scores), the more likely it is that the indicator itself will become corrupted—and the more likely it is that the use of the indicator will corrupt the social processes it was intended to monitor. Nichols and Berliner illustrate both aspects of this “corruption,” showing how the pressures of high-stakes testing erode the validity of test scores and distort the integrity of the education system. Their analysis provides a coherent and comprehensive intellectual framework for the wide-ranging arguments against high-stakes testing, while putting a compelling human face on the data marshalled in support of those arguments.

Education in the Age of Biocapitalism

By C. Pierce
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137027835
  • Total of Pages : 211
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: education-in-the-age-of-biocapitalism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Biocapitalism, an economic model built on making new commodities from existing forms of life, has fundamentally changed how we understand the boundaries between nature/culture and human/nonhuman. This is the first book to examine its implications for education and how human capital understandings of education are co-evolving with biocapitalism.

The Post-Liberal Imagination

By Bruce Baum
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137560347
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 877
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Book Short Summary:

In The Post-Liberal Imagination , Bruce Baum approaches American liberalism 'in a critical spirit' by examining the relationship between popular culture and politics. The book analyzes movies, television, and popular music to rethink the liberal views of democracy, equality, racism, dissent, and animal rights in the Bush-Obama era.