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Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 16, 2011
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--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
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing gripes me a bit about many of these characters portrayed here: not one seems to have taught for more than a couple of years, and yet they always know everything about teaching and need to tell everyone how right they are. Even Michelle Rhee, with whom I agree on many things, taught for a couple of years before she called it quits. Setting policy and supervising teachers IS much easier than teaching itself. That, for me, seems to be a quiet subtext of Brill's work.Read more ›
The book has quite a few factual errors which an editor should have caught. John Edwards was a Senator from North Carolina (not South Carolina), Ferraro was the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1984 (not 1988), a DC Council vote could not be 31-3 because the Council only has 13 members, and a "recent" term limits law in New York was from 1996. Those were the ones I knew about but who knows what else could be in there. Far more frustrating, and ironic given the book's conclusion, was the suspicion with which the author treated those outside the education reform movement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wordiness to rival Charles Dickens, and reads like a public education gossip column. Also, the book is poorly organized. Read morePublished 6 months ago by OS
Teaching is exhausting work. Made worse by too many federal and state regulations, parents who don't parent. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephanie Jenkins
Fantastic expose of the forces at work in America to keep it's young people stupid. Only in America can reforming a broken K-12 education system be considered too radical.Published 16 months ago by G. A. Ryness
No better book exists to tell the education reform story. A great read - a Must Read - for any parent or anyone who cares about the future of our country.Published 16 months ago by Jill Cremer
Steve Brill tells this story in such a clear and interesting way. Very American should be required to read this. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a gripping page-turner. I have only a passing interest and understanding of education reform.. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mel
From the previous reviews....Brill seems to be anti-union . I have not read his book, but as a former teacher of English, I wish to add my two cents worth. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Virginia E. Selanik
This book reveals much of the old that has to change! The "good old boy" system of unions has crippled the old system and damaged the opportunities for students to reach... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by R. H. Craven
this is an amazing book. so much has been written about why our urban schools are failing but this book explains a lot using the example of a charter school and a public one that... Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by mystery nut