- Age Range: 5 - 17 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann (July 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0325006377
- ISBN-13: 978-0325006376
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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.
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Tests can also be a student's best friend. I would have failed 8th grade English were it not for the New York State Regents exam. By law, a 93 on the Regents meant I passed, even though the teacher had given me straight F's. Note the difference from the "high-stakes" tests of today. A passing grade on the Regents trumped the teacher's failing grades. Had I received passing grades from the teacher but failed the Regents, I would still have passed, albeit with only a school diploma, not a Regents diploma. Now, in many states, failing the state exam trumps even straight A's, and the school is forbidden by law to issue any kind of diploma. Why? So they can say our public schools are failing, and replace them with private for-profit schools.
Most certainly every child should have the OPPORTUNITY to pursue a college education, but should every child be DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY to pursue anything else? NO! But that is exactly what big business seeks to do. Why? To swell the pool of applicants for high-paying jobs that require a college education, so that there will be a lot of unemployed professionals, so employers can force down their salaries. One example I happen to know of is flooding the market with chemistry majors, so that they can now hire chemists for half or less of what chemists earn and should be paid. So the Business Round Table and other business-supported non-profit organizations are trying (and generally succeeding) to force the elimination of vocational courses in high schools, and the elimination of classes in art, music, home ec, and even the elimination of school libraries, so that the public schools will exist to serve big business and only big business, and to h*ll with the needs of students, parents, teachers, communities, etc.
Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian are angry about this, as we all should be.
THIS IS A BOOK THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD READ, AND BE ANGRY ABOUT! OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING SHORTCHANGED!
Here are some quotes:
p. 45. "High standards are needed to increase the number of students who can succeed in college, at work..." Note that success is the stress, not understanding.
"Task completers and problem solvers are two different..." Emery stresses that schools teach doing, not understanding.
p. 46. "Solving problems ... requires attitudes..." So true!
p. 72. "... learning for learning's sake is to be stamped out." This makes my blood boil! This point alone justifies the cost of the book!
p. 80. More educational nonsense: "... the joy of [students] reaching their full potential." Here joy is the goal, not understanding.
p. 166. "How does a busy principal chart professional growth. Ask ten people what to think critically and creatively means."
p. 202. "High-stakes testing is having the effect of eliminating whatever there has been of learning for the joy of it, learning to develop higher-order thinking skills, or learning something because it is what one is interested in."
"Range: 5 - 17 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12"
It's a terrific book, by the way, about the sell out of our children and teachers. But not to worry, somebody's turning a profit.