Public Education Under Siege

Public Education Under Siege argues for a democratic and egalitarian alternative to the test-driven, market-oriented core of current education reform. These short, jargon-free essays cover public policy, teacher unions, economic inequality, race, language diversity, parent involvement, and leadership.

Public Education Under Siege

Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose, Editors

2013 | 256 pages | Cloth $55.00 | Paper $19.95
Public Policy | Education
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. THE PERILS OF TECHNOCRATIC EDUCATIONAL REFORM
Chapter 1. The Mismeasure of Teaching and Learning: How Contemporary School Reform Fails the Test
—Mike Rose
Chapter 2. Views from the Black of the Math Classroom
—Joi A. Spencer
Chapter 3. Targeting Teachers
—David F. Labaree
Chapter 4. Firing Line: The Grand Coalition Against Teachers
—Joanne Barkan
Chapter 5. The Bipartisan, and Unfounded, Assault on Teachers' Unions
—Richard D. Kahlenberg
Chapter 6. Free-Market Think Tanks and the Marketing of Education Policy
—Kevin G. Welner
Chapter 7. The Price of Human Capital: The Illusion of Equal Educational Opportunity
—Harvey Kantor and Robert Lowe
Chapter 8. Educational Movements, Not Market Moments
—Janelle Scott

PART II. EDUCATION, RACE, AND POVERTY
Chapter 9. Public Education as Welfare
—Michael B. Katz
Chapter 10. In Search of Equality in School Finance Reform
—Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Jean C. Robinson, and Julia C. Lamber
Chapter 11. "I Want the White People Here!": The Dark Side of an Urban School Renaissance
—Maia Cucchiara
Chapter 12. The Rhetoric of Choice: Segregation, Desegregation, and Charter Schools
—Ansley T. Erickson
Chapter 13. Criminalizing Kids: The Overlooked Reason for Failing Schools
—Heather Ann Thompson

PART III. ALTERNATIVES TO TECHNOCRATIC REFORM
Chapter 14. Abandoning the Higher Purposes of Public Schools
—Deborah Meier
Chapter 15. Equity-Minded Instructional Leadership: Turning Up the Volume for English Learners
—Tina Trujillo and Sarah Woulfin
Chapter 16. Professional Unionism: Redefining the Role of Teachers and Their Unions in Reform Efforts
—Claire Robertson-Kraft
Chapter 17. Pushing Back: How an Environmental Charter School Resisted Test-Driven Pressures
—Paul Skilton-Sylvester
Chapter 18. The Achievement Gap and the Schools We Need: Creating the Conditions Where Race and Class No Longer Predict Student Achievement
—Pedro Noguera
Chapter 19. !Ya Basta! Challenging Restrictions on English-Language Learners
—Eugene E. Garcia
Chapter 20. Sharing Responsibility: A Case for Real Parent-School Partnerships
—Rema Reynolds and Tyrone C. Howard
Chapter 21. Calling the Shots in Public Education: Parents, Politicians, and Educators Clash
—Eva Gold, Jeffrey R. Henig, and Elaine Simon
PART IV. CONCLUSIONS
Chapter 22. What Is Education Reform?
—Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose
Chapter 23. A Letter to Young Teachers: The Graduation Speech You Won't Hear, But Should
—Mike Rose

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments