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Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions about Public Education in the U.S. (Second Edition)


reviewed by John Gillette — 2006

coverTitle: Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions about Public Education in the U.S. (Second Edition)
Author(s): Gerald Bracey
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 032500594X, Pages: 211, Year: 2004
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Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions about Public Education in the U.S. (Second Edition) by Gerald Bracey is a revised and updated version of the same title published in 1996.  The revision is an attempt to put in one place all of the data – including new data - that relates to the myths explored in the first edition.  Bracey also adds in chapters on charters, vouchers, and No Child Left Behind. The background of this book and Bracey’s work in general is important in understanding both its value and limitations. One of the hazards of working in education is the awareness of how casually and consistently public discussions of subjects related to our work become simplified, distorted, and polarized. After all, everyone has been to school, everyone feels passionately about schools and, since it is a public institution, everyone has a right to express their views. As the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 100-103
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11899, Date Accessed: 3/25/2017 5:40:38 PM

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  • John Gillette
    Yale University
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    JONATHAN GILLETTE is Director of the Teacher Preparation Program at Yale University and a lecturer in Sociology. He teaches a number of education courses, including a course on organizational theory and school reform. Until recently, Dr. Gillette was the Director of Professional Development and Consultation for the Yale Child Study Center’s School Development Program, a national school reform model developed by Dr. James P. Comer. He was also a member of the ATLAS design team, a New American School design and of the CoZi model design team, a collaboration between Dr. James Comer and Dr. Edward Zigler. His research and writing interests include school reform, organizational change and race in American education.
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