ERIC Number: ED393167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools.
Berliner, David C.; Biddle, Bruce J.
The 1983 report "A Nation at Risk" exposed an alleged crisis in the United States educational system. This book argues that the American school system is not really in as bad a shape as reported by the media and other government and industry sources. The book admits the existence of problems in the educational system, but insists that many of the charges levied against the schools are not true, and that those charges fail to address the real dilemmas that American educators face. Following an introduction to the issues, chapter 2 counters myths about achievement and aptitude including the myth that achievement has declined. Chapter 3 considers other myths about education, including the myths that money spent on education has not been spent well and that private schools are inherently better than public schools. Chapter 4 examines the context of the myths, and chapter 5 explores the probable outcomes if the manufactured crisis and major reform proposals are adopted. Chapters 6 and 7 explore social problems, discussion of which may be masked by discussion of education. Chapter 8 takes up principles for real educational improvement. (Contains 68 exhibits and 542 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Restructuring, Social Problems
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1 Jacob Way, Redding, MA 01867.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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