- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 20, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IAW0M8
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Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.