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

The Edison Schools: Corporate Schooling and the Assault on Public Education, by Kenneth J. Saltman (Routledge).

In this fantastical little volume, author Kenneth Saltman rants at the Edison Schools for an array of sins and so seeks to join the ranks of the antichoice, antiaccountability crowd (like Alfie Kohn, Susan Ohanian, Henry Giroux, and Jonathan Kozol) and, presumably, will share some of the lucre from the apologista dinner circuit. Dr. Saltman, an assistant professor of social and cultural studies in education at DePaul University, believes, as he says in his introduction, that the Edison model dictates "standardizing learning and pledging allegiance to the corporation." He ridicules concerns about education costs and performance as a "corporate" agenda item and attacks education "privatizers" for relying on "racist and sexist assumptions, stereotypes, metaphors, and representations to further their goals of bashing public schools." There's much more in this vein. Reformers may want to read the book just to remind themselves that there really is a cottage industry of thinkers who believe that ideas like "competition," "choice," and "efficiency" are mortal threats to our kids and our way of life.

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Date:Jun 22, 2005
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