High-stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Education - 175 pages
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This book examines the changes in educational policy in the U.S. and Britain over the last twenty-five years. Hursh argues that education in the States and Britain has been radically transformed, first through efforts to create curricular standards, more recently through an emphasis on accountability measured by standardized tests, and currently, efforts to introduce market competition and private services into educational systems. Hursh offers an alternative to the neoliberal conception of society and education complete with examples of parents who reject the current emphasis on individual success and schools that promote civic-mindedness.
 

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Contents

Situating the Personal in the Political
1
Demystifying Education Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory
13
Years of Struggle and Hope
35
Conflicting Visions of Schooling and Teaching The Historical and Political Context
49
The Rise of HighStakes Testing at the State and Federal Levels New York Texas and No Child Left Behind
71
Renaissance 2010 The Reassertion of RulingClass Power through Neoliberal Policies in Chicago David Hursh and Pauline Lipman
97
Imagining the Future Alternatives to Neoliberalism and HighStakes Testing
121
References
145
Index
167
About the Author
175
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David Hursh is associate professor of Teaching and Curriculum in the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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