Demythologizing Educational Reforms: Responses to the Political and Corporate Takeover of Education

1st Edition

Arthur T. Costigan, Leslee Grey

Routledge
Published November 18, 2016
Reference - 204 Pages
ISBN 9781138286726 - CAT# Y317193
Series: Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics

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Summary

There are dozens of myths surrounding educational reform today, maintaining the school’s role in economic competitiveness, the deficiency of teachers, the benefits of increased testing, and the worthiness of privatization. In this volume, the editors argue that this discussion has been co-opted to reflect the values and worldviews of special interest groups such as elites in power, politicians, corporate educational foundations, and the media. Prominent educational writers tackle contemporary issues such as neoliberalism, suburban schooling, charter schools and parental involvement. They expose the "logic behind the talk" and critically examine these problematic beliefs to uncover meaningful improvements in education which are better grounded in the social, economic, political and educational realities of contemporary society.

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