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Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards


reviewed by Aaron Cooley January 19, 2006

coverTitle: Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards
Author(s): Kevin R. Kosar
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1588263886, Pages: 259, Year: 2005
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It is difficult to argue that politics could ever be removed from the development and implementation of educational policy. From a local context to the national level, it seems almost axiomatic that education will remain a contentious political issue for decades into the future. Some observers who are content with their rigid ideological positions might even question the logic of wanting to strip polarizing politics out of education policy. However, after one reads Kevin Kosar’s Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards, the truly corrosive effects of oppositional politics on education becomes shockingly clear. The entrenched political debate around education is a shame:   No issue deserves a greater public consensus and yet few issues get less public agreement than the governance, direction, and future of America’s public schools. Kosar’s “Introduction” states three aims for the volume: “I argue that using federal power to raise education standards is a good... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 19, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12296, Date Accessed: 9/25/2017 12:54:15 PM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a range of diverse educational settings. Previously, he worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy. His recent writing has appeared in Educational Studies, Journal of Philosophy of Education, International Journal of Philosophical Studies (Forthcoming), and History of Education Quarterly (Forthcoming).
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