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Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools

reviewed by Art McCoy - 2004

coverTitle: Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools
Author(s): Lydia G. Segal
Publisher: Northeastern University Press, Boston
ISBN: 1555535844, Pages: 275, Year: 2003
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Corruption has been publicized in the domains of politics, business, and the family. America's churches have even experienced increasing coverage in this regard.  Paralleling the clergy, public education has been commonly viewed as one of the noblest professions in society.  Since the efficiency experts in the early 20th century and the Progressive education movement in the mid 20th century, books solely devoted to systemic corruption, abuses, and waste in the American public school system have been sparse.  On the whole, media coverage on corruption has been sporadic and on a local level.  Consequently, many might find it difficult to accept that there is persuasive systemic corruption and fraud throughout the entire American public school system.    From Thomas Jefferson, to Alexis De Tocqueville, to John Dewey, to William H. Kilpatrick, among others, America's public education system has been acknowledged as a fundamental institution of this nation.  Public schooling ensures a prosperous country and great democracy.  Millions of people entrust their children and money to the public education system.  The 33rd Annual... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1605-1611
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11271, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 9:04:19 AM

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  • Art McCoy
    University of Missouri-St. Louis
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    ART McCOY resides in Missouri and is Grade Level Principal at Holman Middle School, District Administrative Liaison for the CHARACTERPlus Program, and Director of the K-12 Gifted Program in the Pattonville School District. Dr. McCoy also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research projects and interests include critical inquiry, the economics and social context of education, and educational accountability. His latest written works include Education, Democracy, Jean Francois Lyotard's Language Games and Closing the Achievement Gap Once and For All.
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