ERIC Number: ED491269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Whose Business Is School Reform? Letting the Experts Drive School Improvement
Rowman & Littlefield Education
Much of what is mandated and touted as cures for school improvement are not research-based and in many instances, are doing more harm than any perceived good. This book examines all aspects of the present public school reform movement and explores how capitalism and the market system does not and cannot apply to public schools. Robert Brower contends that mandating a business model for education to force competition and change may destroy not only our system of education but also dismantle the intricate social, political, and economic successes we presently enjoy. In this book, the author gives research based and practical advice on how to "right the ship" of educational reform by making bold recommendations for where public education must go to ensure this country's continued leader in the free world. A resource that will be of interest to all educators, parents, lay people, and business leaders, this book includes sections on: (1) Standardized testing; (2) Capitalism; (3) Change; (4) Labeling; and (5) Prescriptions for immediate action. Following an introduction, We Are Doing It All Wrong and What We Must Do about It, the book is divided into the following sections: (1) Who Are the Real Experts?; (2) Traditional Capitalism versus Contemporary Capitalism in Schools; (3) Rethinking Change in the Nation's Schools; (4) Transformational Leadership Decision Making in Schools; (5) The Labeling of Schools; (6) Standardized Testing and the Ruination of Public Schools; (7) Discipline in Schools as the Foundation of All Learning; (8) Prescription for Success in Public Education; and (9) Summary.
Descriptors: Social Systems, Standardized Tests, School Restructuring, Public Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Politics of Education, Instructional Leadership, Discipline
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Community; Parents; Practitioners
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