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The Education Debate


reviewed by Michael W. Apple — June 30, 2008

coverTitle: The Education Debate
Author(s): Stephen Ball
Publisher: Policy Press, Bristol
ISBN: 1861349203, Pages: 256, Year: 2008
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No matter how smart or articulate they may be, many people who think about educational policy in the United States have a bit of arrogance.  They assume that the experiences of other nations have little to teach us about the limits and possibilities of educational reforms.  This is not true in all cases, of course.  For example, in their book advocating the use of vouchers, Chubb and Moe (1990) draw directly on what was happening in England at the time.  In many ways, the use of vouchers in England was a flawed and some would say failed experiment.  While I am in very strong disagreement with them on the issue of vouchers, for all of the problems of their analysis at least Chubb and Moe did look outside our national boundaries. Another example is what has been happening in Brazil, specifically in the city of Porto Alegre.  There, the reforms surrounding... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15295, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:30:16 PM

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  • Michael Apple
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    MICHAEL W. APPLE is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Among his recent books are Educating the “Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality, 2nd edition (2006), The Subaltern Speak: Curriculum, Power, and Educational Struggles, with Kristen Buras (2006), and Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education, 2nd edition, with James A Beane (2007).
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