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On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools: The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices


reviewed by Karen Campbell — 2004

coverTitle: On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools: The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices
Author(s): Gerald W. Bracey
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325006024, Pages: 196, Year: 2003
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Johnny can’t read! SAT scores of American students are declining! American students can’t compete with Japanese whiz kids! These are just a few of the educational myths that Gerald R. Bracey attacks in On Death and the Destruction of Public Schools. With titles like “A Surefire Way to Destroy America – Test Every Kid Every Year,” “School Should Not Prepare Students for the World of Work” and “Playing It Crooked – Media and Political Distortion About the Condition of American Public Schools,” this series of essays challenges educational policies and practices strongly present throughout America in the 20th century and now into the 21st century, and seeks to expose political and economic fallacies directed toward the public education system. Throughout, A Nation at Risk becomes the exemplar of quasi-research reports commissioned to secure the position of the public education system as America ’s greatest threat and failure. Of Risk’s many recommendations for the improvement of public education, Bracey states “nothing new …– hardly the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 958-961
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11262, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 2:52:49 PM

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  • Karen Campbell
    New Jersey Department of Education
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    A 1988 Teachers College graduate with a Master of Arts in the Teaching of English, KAREN L. CAMPBELL is an Education Program Development Specialist with the New Jersey Department of Education. Ms. Campbell’s experience in state government includes the development and implementation of whole school reform efforts in urban school districts and now assisting schools, districts, and state agencies with knowledge of Title I legislation, policy and programs. Ms. Campbell is a graduate of the Philadelphia Public Schools with over 15 years experience in education ranging from middle school language arts teacher, community college adjunct instructor to university level academic advisor .
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