How to put school reform initiatives back on track
From one of the largest organizations of public school principals, this book exposes many misguided school-reform initiatives that are negatively impacting students and educators across the country, and recommends ways to make them more effective. Veteran educator Gerald Tirozzi addresses all the hottest school reform trends including: charter schools, teacher merit pay, Race to the Top, Common Core State Standards, and more.
While some reform efforts are bringing about positive change, Tirozzi argues, many make egregious promises, lack a research base, fail to address the needs of students and educators, and utilize a "smoke and mirrors" depiction of success.
This passionate, engaging book is filled with specific recommendations as to how each of the reform initiative presented can be improved upon and can lead to more meaningful school reform.
I bought this audiobook to get an overview of current issues in education reform. Instead way too much of this book is an overwrought polemic against a cast of evil characters bent on destroying American public school education. The ratio of rhetoric to useful information is hugely skewed. This is unfortunate because the author has a valuable vantage point on education reform, having served as an educator and in a variety of important policy oriented positions. And I should say that I'm generally sympathetic to his perspective. when he stops excoriating and just discusses an issue, the content is informative. But that is just way too small a portion of the book.