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Slaying Goliath : the passionate resistance to privatization and the fight to save America's public schools / Diane Ravitch.

Ravitch, Diane, (author.).

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 371.0109 RAV (Text) 33500013200415 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525655374
  • ISBN: 0525655379
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disruption Is Not Reform! -- The Odious Status Quo -- What Do the Disrupters Want? -- Meet the Resistance -- The Beginning of the End of Disruption -- The Resistance to High-Stakes Standardized Testing -- Rewards and Punishments Are Not Good Motivators -- Bait and Switch: How Liberals Were Duped into Embracing School Choice -- School Choice, Deregulation and Corruption -- The Resistance Fights Back -- The Resistance Goes National -- Dark Money in Massachusetts and Connecticut -- The Miracles That Weren't: New Orleans and Florida -- Common Core and a Gaggle of Other Failed Reforms -- The Teachers Revolt -- Goliath Stumbl
Summary, etc.:
"An in-depth look at the failed efforts to privatize public schools and the victories of those who have fought to save America's public school system"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Ravitch (Reign of Error, 2013) explores the promises and failures of the charter school movement in this passionate polemic. Her well-sourced account tells the story of the coalitions of parents, students, teachers, and administrators who resist the efforts of rich and powerful individuals on both sides of the political divide to impose private control over public schools. Wealthy backers like Bill Gates and Alice Walton have poured millions of dollars into charter schools and voucher programs that refuse admission to disadvantaged students, undermine experienced teachers, and consistently fail to achieve improved student outcomes. But in spite of the power of school choice backers ("Disrupters" in Ravitch's telling), supporters of public schools have fought back: Teachers strike for fair wages and well-resourced schools; school choice opponents run for school board against pro-charter incumbents backed by wealthy Disrupters in other states; and students launch campaigns to raise awareness about the injustice of high-stakes testing. With a strong balance of big-picture statistics with local case studies, Slaying Goliath will inform and energize readers interested in improving public education. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

DIANE RAVITCH was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Wellesley College and Columbia University. She is a research professor of education at New York University and the author of eleven books. Ravitch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Subject: Privatization in education > United States.
Public schools > United States.
Education and state > United States.
Public schools.
Privatization in education.
Education and state.
United States.

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