Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform by Peter Downs

Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform

Book Title: Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 1610488342

Author: Peter Downs


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Written by a parent and school board member, who first embraced many of the ideas of the modern school reform movement, Schoolhouse Shams lays bare much of the mythology and misinformation that underpin many of the failed school reform policies of the last decade. Many of the top strategies of the highly publicized school reform movement already have been tried out in St. Louis with disastrous results. Along with demonstrating the failure of school reform prescriptions to improve education, the experience of St. Louis demonstrates that the ideological premise of the reform movement, that a focus on providing opportunities for private profit-taking will necessarily improve schools, is both wrong and conflicts with the ideals of democracy, accountability, and justice.