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Essay Review: Missing Weapons of Mass Instruction


reviewed by Dick Schutz July 16, 2008

coverTitle: Essay Review: Missing Weapons of Mass Instruction
Author(s): Sherman Dorn
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593116233, Pages: 212, Year: 2007
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The essay reviews the book and sketches an alternative route for ensuring educational accountability and for accomplishing the aspirations of NCLB. Don’t be put off by the histrionic title of the book (and try to temporarily suspend judgment on the histrionic title of the article). If you are in any way concerned with the status and future of US el-hi education, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Why? Well, I’ll try to give you a précis, but its 171 pages cover a wide sweep. It’s Dorn’s original thinking, but it’s backed up by 32 pages of references. At 18 or so references per page of references, that clocks at more than 500 references. The focus of the analysis is on NCLB, but you’ll learn things such as: • Why local school administrators have lost much of the authority they once commanded. • Why people “trust” ungrounded standardized achievement tests. • The importance of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15313, Date Accessed: 10/22/2018 8:48:52 AM

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