The list author says: "My Amazon reviews are mostly of books that explain the problems in public schools...If a book seems tempting to you, please see my 'customer review' and the other customer reviews, and decide from there."
"The 1981 book. Great! His first Johnny-can't-read book is more of an historical event, and includes a phonics course. But this book is perhaps a better read for modern parents trying to defend their kids against the dumb things going on in schools."
"Vastly influential, unfortunately. Almost impossible to understand, like his other book mentioned below. The fun here is to read my put-down review along with reviews that think Smith is the world's foremost expert on reading."
"If you are perplexed by Reform Math, please see this review. Modern Math (mentioned in 1928), New Math (ca. 1964) and Reform Math (circa 1990 to now) have a common motif of making sure kids can't do arithmetic. (Also Google "36: The Assault on Math.")"
"Famous book. A great way to study American history in the 1920s to 1950s. (Witness is fundamentally about the subversives stalking the shadows. Personally, I'm satisfied that it was these forces from the far left that would do so much to degrade American education.)"
"Interesting book for many reasons but it has so many reviews you probably wouldn't find mine. Instead, please Google my article/review "22: On Bullsh-t and Sophistry," a good introduction to sophistry, which is a common denominator in almost all silly education policies."
"A book by the 'list author.'---"To study American education is to be confronted by what I call 'the education enigma.' I've written 200+ articles trying to explain the mysteries of an educational system that never seems committed to education. Here I've assembled the best parts from these essays. QED: the public schools were systematically dumbed down; they can be systematically smartened up."