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Assault on Kids: How Hyper-Accountability, Corporatization, Deficit Ideologies, and Ruby Payne are Destroying Our Schools (Counterpoints) First printing Edition

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«Finally a book that eschews the timid talk and middle class politeness that typically characterizes academic education analyses. If the other side can be ‘mad as hell and not want to take it anymore,’ imagine how mad the people who are demonized and victimized by draconian and regressive policies are. Bravo to the editors for assembling such a courageous collection.» (Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
«So-called ‘solutions’ for improving public education interconnect in troubling ways - as is revealed insightfully and compellingly in this new and timely book. Ahlquist, Gorski, and Montaño have assembled an impressive collection of analyses that help us to unmask what are mere symptoms of broader movements to widen educational disparities, and to imagine alternatives and interventions with insight and conviction. ‘Assault on Kids’ should cause us to pause, and reimagine, and should be read immediately.» ( Kevin Kumashiro, Author of ‘The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right has Framed the Debate on America’s Schools’; President-Elect of the National Association for Multicultural Education)
«These are troubling times for classroom teachers and for public education. Alhquist, Gorski, and Montaño have collected a series of essays that add the provocative and vibrant voices of practitioners who face the everyday realities of ‘hyper accountability’ policies, programs and practices. These voices shed light on the dire consequences of high stakes tests, a narrow curriculum, and of the perilous ‘reform’ efforts currently eroding the very fabric of public education. I encourage all teachers, practicing and preservice, to read this book and to build a movement to keep the ‘public’ in public education.» (David Sanchez, current President of the California Teachers Association)
«The editors and authors of this volume dare to re-frame current ‘debates’ about the nature of U.S. public schooling. Dialogues about policy and practice have devolved into sound-byte chats about increasingly narrow curricular standards, ever more efficient - rather than effective - assessments of student learning, and endless means through which teachers’ work is de-professionalized. In this context, we need the mindset offered by this volume in order to counter dangerous, de-humanizing trends. This text is a primer of our best thinking about how to make our public schools places where a public is made.» (Kristien Zenkov, Associate Professor, George Mason University)

About the Author

Roberta Ahlquist has been a professor at San Jose State for over 30 years, supervising prospective high school teachers. Her areas of research include critical race theory, unlearning racism, critical multicultural education, indigenous education, and postcolonial studies.
Paul C. Gorski is the founder of EdChange and an assistant professor in integrative studies at George Mason University, where he teaches classes on social justice education, economic justice, environmental justice, and animal rights. He has published three books and more than 30 essays on these topics in Educational Leadership, Teachers College Record, Teaching and Teacher Education, Rethinking Schools, Teaching Tolerance, Equity & Excellence in Education, Intercultural Education, and Multicultural Education.
Theresa Montaño is an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at California State University Northridge. She teaches courses to prospective teachers in the area of equity and diversity in school, Chicano/a childhood and adolescence, and research in Chicano/a education. Her areas of research include the schooling of Chicano/a-Latino/a students; critical pedagogy; teacher activism; and bilingual/ELL instruction.
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Product Details

  • Series: Counterpoints (Book 402)
  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; First printing edition (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433112280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433112287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find this book intellectually offensive. It does points out critical elements in education and society that are worthy of examination. However, the constant blame game detracts severely from the message. The areas of concern are valid but the stream line of logic is more of a gripe session than the pathway toward solutions. I am particularly fascinated with the authors’ obsession with Dr. Ruby Payne. I am very familiar with her work. The authors appear to purposely misrepresent, misquote, manipulate, and twist Dr. Payne’s message to suit their desired message. At one point in the book, they would have the readers believe that teachers should focus on changing governmental policy. As if people in the profession who present nine months out of the year with about five days preparation time have the luxury to set aside their responsibilities for their students with activities that require Herculean effort and an immeasurable amount of time. While extremely idealistic, it is frightening to think that these authors would put even more responsibilities on people who work on average 8 to 12 hours a day.
Also, the authors fell very short in their research about Dr. Payne. She is quite active in the social reform arena through Bridges Out of Poverty; a branch from the original company. Everything they accuse her of not doing, she does with community members who are in a prime position to affect change more readily. More importantly Bridges does more to empower and educate people in poverty than any other approach I’ve been exposed to in over 25 years. I find this book destructive and filled with untruths. I intended to use it for research but find it impossible to justify using it despite the investment. Too many inaccuracies and exaggerations.
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If I did not have to use it for school, I would throw it away in disgust.
Indoctrinating, laborious, tedious content.
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This book is very informative and great for learning about the standards of children over the country. I learned a lot and it helped me a great deal with my Intro into Exceptional Children class!
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