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Our Ailing Economy and the Education Cure

by Denise Gelberg - May 03, 2011

Policy makers and business leaders often point to our K-16 education system as the cause of our economic ills. The oft-heard refrain is that a reformed system of education will lead America into economic health during this age of global economic competition. The author questions this great faith in the transformative power of education given the realities facing youngsters today. Growing income inequality, unaffordable higher education, and paltry growth in jobs that pay a living wage conspire to rob education of its promise for too many of today’s children.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 03, 2011
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16400, Date Accessed: 6/22/2021 4:30:04 AM

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  • Denise Gelberg
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    DENISE GELDBERG was a classroom teacher in 3 public school systems, teaching grades K-3 for 30 years. She has a special interest in the teaching of reading, the social/emotional forces affecting kids' ability to learn, and the paucity of support given new teachers. She is also interested in closing the achievement gap by dint of addressing the economic conditions that hinder the health and growth of youngsters growing up in or near poverty. Her own book, "The 'Business' of Reforming American Schools," (SUNY Press, 1997) describes the importation of business management methods into schools during the 20th century.
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