Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 14, 2012 - Education - 496 pages
In a reporting tour de force that made national headlines and The New York Times bestseller list, award-winning journalist Steven Brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over America’s failure to educate its children—and points the way to reversing that failure.

In a reporting tour de force, award-winning journalist Steven Brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over America’s failure to educate its children—and points the way to reversing that failure.

Brill not only takes us inside their roller-coaster battles, he also concludes with a surprising prescription for what it will take from both sides to put the American dream back in America’s schools.
 

Contents

The Race
1
The Epiphanies
19
If an Unfriendly Foreign Power Had Attempted
42
A Governor and a President Take Center Stage
58
Schoolyard Classroom
72
Dont Worry Its Just a Parent
86
The Idea Wasnt Just to Keep Them
109
Our Party Has Got to Wake Up on This
131
Cant Change from This Building
245
Outcomes Not Achievement
265
The Feinberg Gambit
278
Going Over to the Other Side
302
Two Winners
315
Rhees Breakthrough
331
Rocky Mountain High
342
Teach Like Your Hairs on Fire
355

Foxes in the Henhouse
147
Building Harlem Success
161
Pulling the Rug Out
176
Faceless Bureaucracy
190
The New Democrats
206
Wake Up Obama Just Talked About You
216
The Chosen Four
229
Arne Heres the Column Youve Been Missing
371
Rhee Rejected
384
PunchCounterpunch
402
Acknowledgments 439
417
Index
463
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Steven Brill is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, and Brill's Content magazine. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Times Magazine. He won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service for Time's March 4, 2013, Special Report "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us." He has written several books including The Teamsters, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, and America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.