“An invaluable combo of information and fiery inspiration, this book equips us to resist the business powers that be coiling themselves around public schools to squeeze out all respectful, individual teaching.”–Carol Bly, Author of Changing the Bully Who Rules the World
“Emery and Ohanian decode the Orwellian doublespeak on educationsuch as "no child left behindcutting through the smokescreen of testing that obscures the actual agenda of privatization.”–David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio
“Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian shout Jaccuse! to the Business Roundtable, the Education Trust, politicians, and the rest who are selling out America's children in the name of high standards. A must read for all citizens, not just parents and educators.”–Gerald L. Bracey, Author of On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools
“Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian have written a magnificent, carefully documented, and high-voltage manifesto to confront the degradation of our nation's schools by powerful corporations whose self-serving motives and assaultive tactics have developed into a relentless and dehumanizing juggernaut. Steam will be coming out of your ears by the time you finish this extraordinary book. It should be a wake-up call to all who care about the future of our schools and all who truly value children.”–Jonathan Kozol, Author of Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
“Q: How many businessmen does it take to screw up American schools? A: Only 13, the number of members of the Business Roundtable assigned to the Business Coalition for Education Reform! Emery and Ohanian explain why this joke isn't funny, asking readers to raise their consciousness and their voices to take back public education.”–Patrick Shannon, Pennsylvania State University, author of Becoming Political, Too
“Deluged by demands to regiment the curricula, noosed by high stakes tests, many educators ask, How can I keep my ideals and still teach? With meticulous research engagingly presented, Emery and Ohanian offer teachers ways to both resist and create.”–Rich Gibson, San Diego State University
About the Author
Kathy Emery has taught high school history for sixteen years, has a Ph.D. in education from the University of California Davis, and is currently working with Teachers for Social Justice and the San Francisco Organizing Project. Her dissertation on which this book was based can be found at www.educationanddemocracy.org.
Susan Ohanian is a longtime teacher and free-lance writer whose articles have appeared in periodicals ranging from the Atlantic and Washington Monthly to Phi Delta Kappan and Education Week. Visit www.susanohanian.org for a wealth of information on education issues and to learn more about Susan Ohanian. You'll find commentary, cartoons, letters, resources, quotes and a word of the day offering children a provocative way to increase their vocabulary. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.