The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education

1st Edition

Kenneth J. Saltman

Routledge
Published January 30, 2005
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780415950466 - CAT# RT50465
Series: Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture

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Summary

The story of the Edison Schools is a gripping tale of money, kids, and greed. What began in the 1980s as an enterprise to transform public schools quickly became a troubled business battling falling test scores and dismal stock prices. How did the most ambitious for-profit education company in U.S. history lose respect, money, and credibility in such a short time?

Revealing how American McEducation went from glory to crisis, The Edison Schools tracks entrepreneur Christopher Whittle's plan to introduce a standardized nationwide curriculum and cut administrative waste. Education specialist Kenneth J. Saltman finds that the critics' predictions came true in Edison schools across the country: Experienced teachers left in droves, students were virtually given answers to standardized tests to drive up scores, and difficult students were "counselored" out.

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