Schoolhouse Shams

Schoolhouse Shams

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Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed school reform policies of the last decade. Many of the top strategies of the highly publicized school reform movement already have been tried out in St. Louis with disastrous results. Along with demonstrating the failure of school reform prescriptions to improve education, the experience of St. Louis demonstrates that the ideological premise of the reform movement, that a focus on providing opportunities for private profit-taking will necessarily improve schools, is both wrong and conflicts with the ideals of democracy, accountability, and justice.... did not concentrate on reading and math; students had a full schedule that included history, science, art, music, and physical education. ... She estimated that by using only the metric system in math, students had the equivalent of three more ... the end of sixth grade than students in public schools.15 Pump-them- through-it reading and spiraling math shared several as- ... Reviews of research by Slavin and various collaborators have found that it matters little what textbook is used foranbsp;...

Title:Schoolhouse Shams
Author: Peter Downs
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2013

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