Reading For Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind


reviewed by Kathryn M Hibbert 2006

coverTitle: Reading For Profit: How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind
Author(s): Bess Altwerger (Ed.)
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325007926, Pages: 260, Year: 2005
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Bess Altwerger has compiled a collection of thought provoking articles in this text in response to the passage of the 2001 U. S. No Child Left Behind legislation. The articles examine the social and historical contexts that have contributed to changes in reading instruction that many teachers and researchers consider alarming. The degree of alarm and concern is evident in the use of extremist language woven throughout the text. For example, Altwerger’s passionate introduction to the text describes the changes in reading education as "cataclysmic," witnessed by educators with "both shock and awe," leaving many “in near paralysis as our school systems continue to loot our reading programs and curricula by order of state and federal law and then punish and demean us when their own mandates don’t meet their expectations for success” (p. 2). Steven Srauss’ contribution "Operation No Child Left Behind" draws significantly on this metaphor, with subheadings... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 806-810
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12187, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:57:52 AM

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