50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education

Myths and Lies That Threaten America s Public Schools The Real Crisis in Education This book is guaranteed to spark lively debates and critical thinking in any classroom Two of the most respected voices in education identify myths and lies that threaten America s public schools B

  • Title: 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education
  • Author: David C. Berliner Gene V Glass Associates
  • ISBN: 9780807755242
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is guaranteed to spark lively debates and critical thinking in any classroom Two of the most respected voices in education identify 50 myths and lies that threaten America s public schools Berliner and Glass argue that many citizens conception of K12 public education in the United States is myth than reality Warped opinions about our nations public schoolThis book is guaranteed to spark lively debates and critical thinking in any classroom Two of the most respected voices in education identify 50 myths and lies that threaten America s public schools Berliner and Glass argue that many citizens conception of K12 public education in the United States is myth than reality Warped opinions about our nations public schools include they are inferior to private schools they are among the worst in the world in math and science teachers should be fired if their students dont score at the national average, and on and on With than a little humor, Berliner and Glass separate fact from fiction in this comprehensive look at modern education reform They explain how the mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests who stand to gain from its destruction They expose a rapidly expanding variety of organizations and media that intentionally misrepresent facts Where appropriate, they name the promoters of the hoax and point out how their interests are served by encouraging false beliefs Their method of debunking these falsehoods is to argue against their logic, criticize the data supporting them, and present credible contradictory data This dynamic book features short essays on important topics to provide every teacher, administrator, school board member, and concerned parent with reliable knowledge from authoritative sources.

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    1. This is a book every teacher and parent should ownd if nothing else, should study the table of contents. Berliner and Glass (and associates -- makes me wonder how much Berliner really wrote) organize the myths and lies we hear every day from critics and reformers, and debunk them with research. I have learned the hard way, often research is frowned upon by people who've already made up their minds, but I keep sharing anyway.Several of the issues -- testing, charters, funding, TFA, vouchers, rese [...]

    2. Berliner and Glass and their research assistants set this book to show "many citizens conception of K12 public education in the United States is more myth than reality." While it does it admirably in parts, some of the answers some myths are also incongruent with answers given for other myths. The style and research support actually varies greatly between the various myths because of the large number of research assistants involved in the authorship. Each individual myth is basically an article [...]

    3. A really interesting and concrete collection of short, concise essays that demystify some crucial misconceptions of education. I picked up this book because my pedagogy professor was reading it and recommended it to me. I really appreciate the organization and appearance of the book: you don't really know who wrote which section, but each section stands on its own, and there isn't a sense of repetition here (except to call attention to other myths previously discussed). There are at least two or [...]

    4. This is a book written by two senior faculty at the Arizona State University School of Education and their "associates" (Ph.D students). The profs get about 10 "myths" each, and their stable of doc students handle the rest. As such, this is a book with close to 30 authors, and as a result it's a very inconsistent reading experience. The essays vary wildly in quality; the best are chiefly in the "general myths" and "myths about college and career readiness" sections, while the worst are undeniabl [...]

    5. To start, I will say that I dislike the title very much: "Myths and Lies. . ." Come on! On the other hand, the authors are on to something. There is often a sense that privatization is inherently superior to public provision of goods and services. In the central Pennsylvania area, we get results of "report cards" on schools. Public schools aren't rated terribly high overall--but charter schools are even worse. Yet one claim is that what we need is more charters. The reality is: We need good scho [...]

    6. Most of these are arguments that I have read before, but it was good to read this so I would be familiar with the chapters for assisting students who do education topics for their research papers. As with Berliner and Biddle's earlier work, it all boils down to the fact that the complexities of teaching and education just make it difficult to make any types of comparisons whether it is by country, state, district, school, or classroom. One is hardly ever comparing apples to apples. While I feel [...]

    7. Superb book.Most of the arguments and research are familiar to me. Berliner and Glass (and a host of researchers) concisely summarize key myths, hoaxes and outright lies that are shaping the national discourse on education, right now.The big advantage of this book is that the table of contents gives the reader a quick index of false political and media narratives, a brief synopsis of who's saying what--and a carefully selected (and short) list of solid and relevant research to buttress their ref [...]

    8. Calls BS on so many educational thoughts the public believes because of politicians, parents and other uninformed people. Educators should read this to be better informed.

    9. One of the best things about this book is that it was written in 2014, making it current. I recognize a few names, events, and trends. What I also like is that the authors recognize the fluid nature of education and realize that there will need to be an updated version in a few years.The U.S. has been considered to be "behind" in education since the 1960s or '70s. Yet we value other things for our youth and base the data results on tests that include all students (from all socioeconomic backgrou [...]

    10. I've picked up 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools just to learn what the myths were and the arguments for them.I do agree with many of them, and many of the arguments have been good. However, some of them are really weak and unprofessionally written (has the feel of a student paper with no supporting evidence; more like rah rah). It has been obvious the authors were pushing an agenda. Anyway, I want to point out some of the myths whose arguments aren't sound or wholly convi [...]

    11. A highly valuable book for anyone whose exposure to education policy has come from the media and politicians. As the title promises, the book lists 50 false or misleading claims, followed by short responses explaining why they are wrong. Though brief, the responses usually come at the myth with multiple lines of argument and are well referenced. Topics include private and charter schools, school choice, merit pay, unions, class size, flunking, school uniforms, preschool, tuition tax credits and [...]

    12. This book is horrible; the authors mock anyone who disagrees with their obvious agenda, all the while claiming that everyone ELSE is in the wrong for doing so. They call into question statistics that disagree with their obviously preformed conclusions, but then essentially tell the reader to trust, without question, the statistics that they provide that support their agenda. Very agenda driven, very poor interpretation of facts, very dishonest approach. I'd give it less than a 1-star rating, but [...]

    13. A very uneven book which has enough pluses to warrant reading but you have to look past the agendas. Some essays are well-reasoned and well-written. Several are neither. Many raise at least as many questions as they answer.The comparisons to Finland may be unfair but the author only mentions normalizing American results to account for povery levels. What happens if the same is done for Finnish students. Does the gap reappear? I don't know because he didn't mention it one way or the other.Another [...]

    14. I recommend this well-researched book for educators, parents, and anyone who has an interest in public education. This book gives objective and researched backed information about everything from homework to testing to school funding and ratings. In an era when public education and educators are under scrutiny (and in some cases, outright attack), this book is a breath of fresh air as it helps to debunk much of the criticism leveled at our schools.

    15. Easy read, highly motivating. Found myself nodding in agreement with many of the myths exposed throughout the book. Teachers who CARE about what is happening to our public school system, and our children, should read this book!

    16. Good StuffEasy read, highly motivating. Found myself nodding in agreement with many of the myths exposed throughput the book. Teachers who CARE about what is happening to our public school system, and our children, should read this book!

    17. at least it was technically sourced. not to a scientific standard, but sort of sourced. I might try to read it again a while in the future.

    18. Controversial and current topics discussed and "exposed" as myths. Not all the articles were presented in an unbiased way. But it does make the reader think.

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