Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform

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R&L Education, Dec 27, 2012 - Education - 230 pages
Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed school reform policies of the last decade. Many of the top strategies of the highly publicized school reform movement already have been tried out in St. Louis with disastrous results. Along with demonstrating the failure of school reform prescriptions to improve education, the experience of St. Louis demonstrates that the ideological premise of the reform movement, that a focus on providing opportunities for private profit-taking will necessarily improve schools, is both wrong and conflicts with the ideals of democracy, accountability, and justice.
 

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Contents

Sham One
1
Sham Two
15
Sham Three
39
Sham Four
53
Sham Five
75
Sham Six
93
Sham Seven
119
Sham Eight
143
Sham Nine
163
Sham Ten
181
Bibliography
195
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Peter Downs is a former member and president of the St. Louis Board of Education. He is a business writer and editor of a trade magazine. His children study in public schools.

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