The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2011
  • Publisher: PERSEUS

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In her critically acclaimed national best seller, Diane Ravitch examines her career in education reform and repudiates positions that she once fiercely defended. Evaluating wildly popular ideas for restructuring schools, including charter schools and testing, she explains why they have had no positive impact on the quality of American education.

Author Biography

$$$ is a Research Professor of Education at New York University. In 2011, she received the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award from the American Academy of Political and Social Science for her careful use of social science research to advance the public good.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
What I Learned About School Reformp. 1
Hijacked! How the Standards Movement Turned Into the Testing Movementp. 15
The Transformation of District 2p. 31
Lessons from San Diegop. 47
The Business Model in New York Cityp. 69
NCLB: Measure and Punishp. 93
Choice: The Story of an Ideap. 113
The Trouble with Accountabilityp. 149
What Would Mrs. Ratliff Do?p. 169
The Billionaire Boys' Clubp. 195
Lessons Learnedp. 223
Epilogue: School and Societyp. 243
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 325
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