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New Book by Gerald Bracey

Susan Notes:

A new book by Gerald Bracey is good news, indeed, and I have special reason to be joyful by what's in its pages.

Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality
Transforming the Fire Consuming America's Schools

by Gerald W. Bracey

It isn't up on Amazon yet but you can find an order form from Educational Research Service [See url below].

Toll Free: 800-791-9308

Are America's schools broken? Education Hell: Rhetoric vs.
Reality, seeks to address misconceptions about America's schools by
taking on the credo "what can be measured matters." To the contrary,
Dr. Bracey makes a persuasive case that much of what matters cannot
be assessed on a multiple-choice test. The challenge for educators is to
deal effectively with an incomplete accountability system--while creating
a broader understanding of successful schools and teachers. School
leaders must work to define, maintain, and increase essential skills that
may not be measured in today's accountability plans.

Those who work in America's schools will find Dr. Bracey's work uplifting
and convincing. Those who seek the truth about our schools will
develop a deeper understanding of the multifaceted reality rejecting a
simplistic view of school success. Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality is
an excellent book study for school leaders and educational teams working
to increase student achievement and dispel the misinformation
about schools so often disseminated as truth.

Table of Contents:

Part I
Chapter 1: Pre-Sputnik: Non-Test-Based Criticisms of Schools

Chapter 2: Post-Sputnik: Criticisms and the Descent Into Test Mania

Chapter 3: Tests: Descriptions and Trends--How Do We Measure Up?

Chapter 4: No Child Left Behind: "The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves"

Part II

Chapter 5: Science, Engineering, and Economic Competitiveness

Chapter 6: The Real Meaning of Competition

Chapter 7: "Poverty is Poison"

Chapter 8: A Few Words About Learning--Eureka!

Chapter 9: The Goals of Public Education

Chapter 10: The Lost Lessons of the Eight-Year Study

Chapter 11: Democracy and Education

  • Why an Undemocratic Capitalism Has Brought Public Education to Its Knees: A MANIFESTO by Richard Gibboney

  • Schooling for Democracy by Nel Noddings

  • Strong Schools Are Essential For Democracy by Deborah Meier

  • Truth in Disclosure: I am thrilled by Gerald Bracey's comments about my book:

    A wonderful summary of the toxic outcomes of NCLB and highstakes testing in general can be found in When Childhood Collides with NCLB, by Susan OHanian (2008). Ohanian uses one column of each page to write an epic, free-verse poem about th edisaster of NCLB. She uses the other column for quotes. Some quotes from the likes of the Business Roundtable And Achieve, Inc., support NCLB and testing, some repudiate. In the end, though, her book makes NCLB look stupid and dangerous, which it is.

    "This should change your life," says teacher/author James Herndon about reading. Read Ohanian's book. It might not change your life because you are already reading this book, which makes similar arguments in a less artful fashion. Give Ohanian's book to someone who needs it, like any NCLB supporter.

    — Gerald Bracey
    Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality



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