Literacy as Snake Oil: Beyond the Quick Fix

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Joanne Larson
P. Lang, 2007 - Education - 200 pages
This revised edition of Literacy as Snake Oil further investigates and critiques the commodification of literacy and education. Since the publication of the first edition, schools in the U.S. have been targeted even more as a market for private companies seeking to profit from the surveillance of NCLB (No Child Left Behind). Three chapters have been added: one that deals with the reproduction of racialized spaces during a textbook adoption, an analysis of America's Choice by a classroom teacher, and an analysis of the U.K.'s literacy strategy. This book will inspire teachers to remember their political commitments to resist oppression and unethical practice and find ways to subvert teacher- (and student-) proof packages.

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Contents

How to make Reading Research
27
Constructing Academic Disadvantage
49
Dont Buy It
73
Copyright

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The Editor: Joanne Larson is Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education and Chair of the Teaching and Curriculum program at the University of Rochester's Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her recent book, Making Literacy Real: Theories and Practices in Learning and Teaching (2005), co-authored with Jackie Marsh, explores the breadth of the complex field of literacy studies, orientating literacy as a social practice grounded in social, cultural, historical, and political contexts.

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