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The Case Against School Choice: Politics, Markets and Fools : Politics, Markets and Fools - Kevin B. Smith

The Case Against School Choice: Politics, Markets and Fools

Politics, Markets and Fools

Paperback Published: 31st May 1995
ISBN: 9781563245206
Number Of Pages: 184

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Public school choice is a policy gaining wide popular and political support. Spurred by perceptions of an education system in crisis, proponents of school choice argue that an education marketplace will produce better schools. Give students and parents choice, these advocates claim, and schools will be forced to improve or close.
The promise of a choice-based system, however, is largely unfulfilled. Despite all the rhetoric, the successes of existing choice systems are questionable, and the theories and assumptions that provide intellectual support for choice have never been systematically tested. This book provides that test.
Professors Smith and Meier show that a choice-based system will not improve American education. Choice theorists have exaggerated the decline in educational performance and misidentified its causes. Their proposed market cure is modeled on unfounded assumptions. Persuasive though it may sound, the school choice argument is demonstrably false and misleading. And what is worse, it is likely to promote racial, religious, and socio-economic segregation.

The Hobgoblins of Education Policy: Michael, Graduate, Arrowhead High School
Superintendent of Milwaukee Catholic Schools
Student, Hayes Alternative School (MPS)
Sixth Period Physics Class, St. Joan Antida Catholic High School
Graduate, Rufus King High School (MPS)
Student, Hamilton High School
Student, Elmbrook High School and James Madison High School
Principal, Bruce Guadalupe Community School
Choice Parent
Conclusion
Notes
Problems, Solutions, and Choices
Problems or Perceptions?
Previous Research and the Beginnings of Choice
Prior Reforms
School Choice
Conclusion
Notes
The Institutional Theory: School Choice Revisited: Assumptions
Democratic Control
Bureaucracy
Goals and Unit of Analysis
District-Level Analysis
Cross-State Analysis
Cross-National Analysis
Conclusion
Notes
Organization, Competition, and Performance: Organization and Competition
Data and Methods
Findings
Conclusion
Notes
Private Schools
The Chicken or the Egg?
A List of Demands
Testing the Causal Link
Testing and the Demand Assumption
Conclusion
Notes
Politics and Performance: Research and Reform
Finding the Causal Links
The Dependent Variable
Research Design
Results
Discussion and Conclusion
Notes
Fixin' What Ain't Broke: Education Performance in the 1980s
The Causes of Macro-Level Education Performance
Theory
Data and Methods
Results
Conclusion
Notes
Choice across the Borders
Germany
Japan
Great Britain
Choice in Other Countries
Conclusion
Notes
Conclusion
Assuming the Worst
Institutionalizing School Choice
Toward Another Theory
Policy Recommendations
The Far from Final Word
Notes
Epilogue: Last Choice: Kourtney Student, Riverside High School (MPS)
Eighth Grade (MPS)
Student, Hamilton High School
Student, Riverside High School
Eleventh Grade, Hamilton High School
Director of Development, St. Joan Antida High School
Guidance Counselor, Washington High
Graduate, St. Francis High
A Final Anecdote
Conclusion
Notes
Appendix: Statistical Tables
References
Index
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ISBN: 9781563245206
ISBN-10: 1563245205
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 31st May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27