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Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions About Public Education in the U.S. 2nd ed. Edition
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Bracey identifies 17 misconceptions about public education. Each chapter begins with a capsule Q-A format. The question consists of a typical charge leveled at public schools, which he then answers in a sentence or two at most. The rest of the chapter develops his response with documented evidence -- not ideology. His ability to shun jargon makes what he says all the more convincing.
"Setting the Record Straight" serves as an invaluable corrective to the case being built by those who stand to profit directly or indirectly by the elimination of public schools. It takes its place with the best books on the subject. Not all readers will be pleased with his remarks, but they will have to respect him.
Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He writes frequently on education.
And not just conservatives: liberals have mostly joined conservatives in crying crisis, although for different reasons. Liberals want to increase funding for public education, and think that the best way to raise funding is to cry that there is a major crisis.
Anyone who has been taken in by media myths about US public education MUST read Gerald Bracey's books.
This is a very readable book, written in an interesting and understandable prose. For example, when he discusses why SAT scores show a decline, Bracey explains how the original scores and averages were based on a small number of mostly private school students in 1941. Considering the large numbers and the diversity of the students who take SAT's now, they actually show very little or no decline. Also he breaks down the tests that show how the United States is supposedly behind other countries by explaining how the testing is done and who is tested here and in other countries.
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did not even recieve this book! The people i rdered it from did not return many of the emails i sent! they were not cooperative! will never orderfrom them againPublished on February 9, 2010 by Meredith C. Shifley
This guy has been a patsy of the NEA and the NASA for years. He makes a living out of trying to argue that public schools in America are just great. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by JWalsh_Northwest
This book addresses many of the current misconceptions about education. I have enjoyed reading it very much. It is a bit liberal however. Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by Ronn Fieldhouse