Proponents of education reform are committed to the idea that
all children should receive a quality education, and that all of
them have a capacity to learn and grow, whatever their ethnicity or
economic circumstances. But though recent years have seen numerous
reform efforts, the resources available to children in different
municipalities still vary enormously, and despite landmark cases of
the civil rights movement and ongoing pushes to enact diverse and
inclusive curricula, racial and ethnic segregation remain
commonplace. Public Education Under Siege examines why
public schools are in such difficult straits, why the reigning
ideology of school reform is ineffective, and what can be done
Public Education Under Siege argues for an alternative to
the test-driven, market-oriented core of the current reform agenda.
Chapters from education policy experts and practitioners critically
examine the overreliance on high-stakes testing, which narrows the
content of education and frustrates creative teachers, and consider
how to restore a more civic-centered vision of education in place
of present dependence on questionable economistic models. These
short, jargon-free essays cover public policy, teacher unions,
economic inequality, race, language diversity, parent involvement,
and leadership, collectively providing an overview of the present
system and its limitations as well as a vision for the fulfillment
of a democratic, egalitarian system of public education.
Contributors: Joanne Barkan, Maia Cucchiara,
Ansley T. Erickson, Eugene E. Garcia, Eva Gold, Jeffrey R. Henig,
Tyrone C. Howard, Richard D. Kahlenberg, Harvey Kantor, Michael B.
Katz, David F. Labaree, Julia C. Lamber, Robert Lowe, Deborah
Meier, Pedro Noguera, Rema Reynolds, Claire Robertson-Kraft, Jean
C. Robinson, Mike Rose, Janelle Scott, Elaine Simon, Paul
Skilton-Sylvester, Joi A. Spencer, Heather Ann Thompson, Tina
Trujillo, Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Kevin G. Welner, Sarah
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