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Educational Morass : Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education - Myron Lieberman

Educational Morass

Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education


Published: 20th August 2007
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The Educational Morass is about the ineffectiveness of public education in the United States today and why it is unlikely to achieve significant improvement in the absence of heavy external pressure. The reason for these conclusions and what can be done about it are the core of this book. It is an explanation of why the most popular educational reforms are either misguided or practically impossible to achieve. The book also explains why several reforms which would bring about significant improvement are not under consideration. Although a conservative himself, Lieberman asserts that conservative illusions about public education and about unions and employment issues generally also play a major role in the failure to bring about significant reform. Public education is a highly decentralized public service, buffeted by national, state, and local interests and reported by media that are not up to the task of describing the situation realistically. Despite these negative aspects, Myron Lieberman contends that major reforms are possible, but require different leaders, strategies, and tactics.

Mike Lieberman is one of the most deeply knowledgeable people in our country about the workings of education today. He analyzes that knowledge from a position of independence. He is a stubborn and fearless critic of the massive follies, both right and left, both Democrat and Republican, that plague us. His work is a spur to reform.--Larry P. Arnn, president, Hillsdale College, Michigan

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Conventional Reforms Reconsideredp. 1
The Achievement Gap and Other Perennialsp. 3
Charter Schoolsp. 27
Educational Researchp. 48
Teacher Education and Certificationp. 69
The Real Cost of Public Educationp. 93
Teacher Representation: Past, Present, and Futurep. 119
The Impact of Collective Bargaining in Public Educationp. 121
Union Power or School Board Weakness?p. 147
Individual Representation: Back to the Future?p. 170
School Choicep. 193
The Triumph of the Equalitariansp. 195
The Strategy and Tactics of School Choicep. 220
Education's Information Systemp. 247
Education in the Mediap. 249
Credence Goods and the Accountability Gapp. 272
The Public School Establishmentp. 299
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 315
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ISBN: 9781578866236
ISBN-10: 1578866235
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 20th August 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.42  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.51