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Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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“Steve Brill has combined extraordinary reporting with smart passion to create one of the most important historical narratives of our era. This inside story of the school reform crusade is an inspiring saga filled with genuine heroes. This is investigative journalism and powerful writing at its best.”
--Walter Isaacson, CEO, Aspen Institute; Board Chair, Teach For America; author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin
“Education in America is THE national imperative of the 21st century and Steven Brill has done a brilliant job of taking us through the complexities, trials and triumphs, failures and food fights that define the struggle to get it right. We all have a stake in the outcome and owe it to succeeding generations to get involved. Class Warfare is the road map to what that means.”
--Tom Brokaw, journalist and author of The Greatest Generation
“Steven Brill’s Class Warfare is hard-hitting, illuminating, and inspiring. It’s also as fast-paced and gripping as a thriller. His vivid accounts of great teachers at work—and his play-by-play of the battle to remove the obstacles put in front of them by their own union—opened my eyes and changed my outlook about the possibilities for American education. A must-read call to action for all thinking Americans, especially parents.”
--Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall
“Class Warfare inspires! This is a unique and critically important story about true heroes in America who against great odds are making a real difference. More than this, Brill’s work sheds important light on the savage educational disparities faced by low-income communities across the country and through his work he trumpets what should be a call to action by all of us. Brill is brilliant in his writing and his work will inspire and fortify all those struggling with the challenges of education in America.”
--Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ
“An extraordinarily well researched and compelling account of the tectonic shifts in school politics over the past several years. This is a masterpiece, both as history and as a catalyst for continued change. Far from the usual one-sided account the subject typically engenders, Brill's work is balanced, sophisticated—and, amazingly, a real page-turner.”
--Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Steven Brill is the CEO of Press+, which has created a new business model for journalism to flourish online. He has written feature articles for The New Yorker (where he wrote about the “Rubber Rooms” that housed teachers accused of incompetence), The New York Times Magazine, and Time. He teaches journalism at Yale and founded the Yale Journalism Initiative. Brill founded and ran The American Lawyer magazine, Court TV, and Brill’s Content magazine. He is the author of After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era and The Teamsters. He is married with three children and lives in New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nevertheless, the book is thorough.
There are some players in the education realm that Brill does not address and which I would have like to know about. For example, what about the influence of the education publishing industry and of the education associations? And what about the NEA? Also, so much of the focus is on urban districts which are the flashpoints for reform, but what about all those other non-urban schools that will be impacted?
For me, this has been like reading a really long New York Times magazine piece, which is just fine with me. It's engaging, and I think the structure of having short chapters allows Brill to cover a lot of ground while still maintaining coherence. I come away with a much better understanding of what has been happening over the last few years, right up through mid-2011, which will, in turn, make it easier for me to contextualize new information.
For those with a strong background in the field, the book offers no new insights, but might provide some interesting tidbits about some of the key players in the fight. For those such as I who are trying to gain more understanding of what's gone wrong with our education system, the episodic writing style provides no firm basis for trying to improve the situation. I kept hoping that there would be a meaningful conclusion, but found only some cliches.