Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

Ravitch, Diane
Publisher:  Vintage
Date Written:  01/08/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Pages:  416pp   ISBN:  978-0345806352
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18424

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools.

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Table of Contents

1. Our schools are at risk
2. The context for corporate reform
3. Who are the corporate reformers?
4. The language of corporate reform
5. The facts about test scores
6. The facts about the achievement gap
7. The facts about the international test scores
8. The facts about high school graduation
9. The facts about college graduation
10. How poverty affects academic achievement
11. The facts about teachers and test scores
12. Why merit pay fails
13. Do teachers need tenure and security
14. The problem with Teach for America
14. The mystery of Michelle Rhee
15. The contradiction of charters
17. Trouble in e-land
18. Parent-trigger, parent-tricker
19. The failure of vouchers
20. Schools don't improve if they are closed
21. Solutions start here
22. Begin at the beginning
23. The early years count
24. The essentials of a good education
25. Class size matters for teaching and learning
26. Make charters work for all
27. Wraparound services make a difference
28. Measure knowledge and skills with care
29. Strengthen the profession
30. Protect democratic control of public schools
31. The toxic mix
32. Privatization of public education is wrong
33. Conclusion: the pattern on the rug