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Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education


reviewed by Sandra Vergari ó June 26, 2006

coverTitle: Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education
Author(s): Joe Williams
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 140396839X, Pages: 264, Year: 2005
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Joe Williams, former education reporter for the New York Daily News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, conveys a tone of urgency in his book, declaring that “the nation’s schools are in a crisis” (p. 4). “The clock is ticking” and “drastic change is desperately needed,” he warns (p. 10).  His main argument is that the public education system consistently puts the interests of adults–primarily, school employees–over the interests of students. Williams depicts an insular public education system in which teachers unions and bureaucrats enjoy too much power. He urges the public, the business community, and the mass media to help parents “take back their public schools” and “wrestle power away from the special interests” (p. 216-17). The opening chapters of the book lament various scandals in public school politics and administrations. The numerous depressing cases, highlighted by Williams, include charges that a New York City public school principal had a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 26, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12551, Date Accessed: 7/17/2018 6:00:20 AM

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  • Sandra Vergari
    University at Albany, State University of New York
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    SANDRA VERGARI (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is a political scientist whose research focuses on education reform politics and policies. Vergariís work has appeared in policy reports and academic journals, and she is the editor of The Charter School Landscape (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002).
 
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