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Education, Inc.

reviewed by Kenneth Saltman - 2003

coverTitle: Education, Inc.
Author(s): Alfie Kohn and Patrick Shannon
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325004897 , Pages: 192, Year: 2002
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Alfie Kohn and Patrick Shannon must be commended highly. Education, Inc. is an important edited book that manages to draw together a wide range of scholarly and popular readings on the many aspects of the corporate involvement in schools. The book not only makes a significant contribution to literature on the topic but expands the academic and policy debates over some of the most recent educational policy reforms such as various dimensions of No Child Left Behind. This extremely readable and accessible book, however, is hardly restricted in its focus to policy and reform. Education, Inc. maps the intertwined transformation of the school based on both the corporate economic model and the transformation of school culture based on the model of corporate culture. While the virtues of the volume are extensive and worth noting, its limitations highlight some important questions about the future direction for scholarship on the topic of the corporate involvement in schools and society. After reading an exerpt of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1331-1345
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11128, Date Accessed: 4/18/2021 3:49:08 PM

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  • Kenneth Saltman
    DePaul University
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    KENNETH J. SALTMAN teaches in the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program at DePaul University. He is the author of Collateral Damage: Corporatizing Public Schools – a Threat to Democracy, Rowman & Littlefield (2000) and Strange Love, Or How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market, Rowman & Littlefield (2002) (with Robin Truth Goodman). He is currently writing a parent's and activist’s guide to the Edison Schools and co-editing a book with David Gabbard titled Education as Enforcement that confronts the rising corporatization and militarization of public schools.
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