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- Language: English
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Teachers, Schools, and Society: A Brief Introduction to Education Hardcover
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The authors aren't racist because they bring up the issue of white privilege. If you really think our education system is a Marxist plot to enslave white people you should stop spending your days oiling your guns in your mom's basement and get out to have a talk with your kid's teachers.
The more dangerous bias in this book is something that most commentators don't mention, maybe because they support it. These authors are slavish, drooling cheerleaders for privatizing our public education system.
In Chapter 5 they let a rain of wet kisses fall all over groups like the Gates Foundation that are spearheading this privatization effort. They get all googly when they mention "making New Orleans a leading laboratory for charter school experiments." And you can almost hear their verbal ejaculation as they get all moist writing about Edison Schools or the fact that "Sylvan is piloting their centers at Wal-Mart so students can be tutored while parents cruise the aisles."
Charter schools are a failure. You can either be for them, or for public education, but not both. As a manual that is supposed to train people to be teachers, this book completely glosses over the many flaws of charter schools.
Almost 30 school districts have cancelled their contracts with Edison Schools because they were so poorly run. Most of these happened before the book was published in 2010, but the book makes no mention of this. Charter schools are used mainly to crush the power of teacher's unions, but any union perspective isn't even mentioned in this chapter. The authors only tack on brief sentences at the end of sections saying things like "some Edison employees reported that the company was hiding it's problems from the public" (a huge understatement) so they can weakly claim that they've addressed these criticisms.
In the ideal future that the authors seem to be imagining unlicensed paraprofessionals would be doing the teaching in charter schools for wages just slightly higher than para wages. First grade teachers would just drift around a classroom not actually teaching but monitoring a room of students all glued to their computer screens where they play "educational online games." These are some of the things I've witnessed firsthand by subbing in charter schools. As bad as public schools are, at least they can be held accountable by the school board. Charter schools aren't accountable to anyone except their shareholders, and even the shareholders aren't happy with them (just look up all the shareholder lawsuits against Edison Schools). But you wouldn't get any sense of this from reading this textbook.
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No, those typos are not mine, and yes, that was all from the first sentence of the book. Yes, I can technically still understand what's written, but it's extremely annoying and disruptive. I will do some research into whether this is a bug on the PC version of the reader, but frankly even if there's a fix, I think 1 star is apt here. It shouldn't be a huge challenge to have an ebook not be riddled with spacing errors.
I purchased this book for a class, of course, and not for personal entertainment but it was still a very interesting read.