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


reviewed by Mark Garrison 2006

coverTitle: The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education
Author(s): Kenneth J. Saltman
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415950465, Pages: 238, Year: 2005
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I don't consider putting 15,000 students with a company that can't guarantee operations next year reform. It's not just a stock game, this is my child's life. (p. 154) Uttered by a parent living in Philadelphia, home of possibly the largest experiment in for-profit management of public schools, this statement captures well the spirit of Kenneth J. Saltman's recent book, The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education. Saltman's pamphlet-like book is an important contribution to the discussion on corporate schooling, focusing on the key question of how this burgeoning "industry" is changing the form and function of education, and political culture more generally. Easy to read with minimal reliance on jargon or esoteric theoretical terms, the book is designed for a broad audience beyond academe. It is more of a political intervention and exposé than scholarly treatise (which is not to say its claims are not well... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 873-877
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12179, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 5:18:30 AM

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  • Mark Garrison
    D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York
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    MARK GARRISON currently holds a joint position as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Education at D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University at Buffalo. His areas of interest include social and philosophical foundations of education, educational policy and politics (with a focus on standards-based education reform and educational governance), educational technology, and human rights. His most recent article entitled "Measure, Mismeasure or Not Measurement at All? Psychometrics as Political Theory" appeared in the Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly. His essay "The Political Significance of an Education Industry: Privatization and the Crisis of the U. S. System of Governance," will appear in the forthcoming volume Handbook of Social Foundations Research (Lawrence Earlbaum). His forthcoming book is entitled, Political Origins of Failure: Education, Standards and the Elimination of the Public (SUNY Press).
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