The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education


reviewed by Mark Garrison - 2006

coverTitle: The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education
Author(s): Kenneth J. Saltman
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415950465, Pages: 238, Year: 2005
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I don't consider putting 15,000 students with a company that can't guarantee operations next year reform. It's not just a stock game, this is my child's life. (p. 154) Uttered by a parent living in Philadelphia, home of possibly the largest experiment in for-profit management of public schools, this statement captures well the spirit of Kenneth J. Saltman's recent book, The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education. Saltman's pamphlet-like book is an important contribution to the discussion on corporate schooling, focusing on the key question of how this burgeoning "industry" is changing the form and function of education, and political culture more generally. Easy to read with minimal reliance on jargon or esoteric theoretical terms, the book is designed for a broad audience beyond academe. It is more of a political intervention and exposé than scholarly treatise (which is not to say its claims are not well... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 873-877
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12179, Date Accessed: 4/15/2021 11:08:27 PM

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