The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

As a former and still somewhat active reporter, I have seen the changes in the school system over the past decade. I watched as schools were forced to put more emphasis on testing and scores than on the individual needs of the students.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education examines how testing has impacted students and teachers as well as various school districts. It was written by former assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch. She looks back on her long and distinguished career in education and draws on her 40 years of experience to show the truth behind the scores.

The government is treating schools like a business and while the bottom line may be important on Wall Street it has no business being in school. She examines and critiques the most popular ways of restructuring school districts and finds their faults as well as their benefits. She looks at privatization, standardized testing and the rampant growth of Charter schools.

This book is an important resource for anyone that has a child in the school system and wants to know what’s really important and how modern education is failing our children. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education takes a hard look at the educational system and odds are you’re not going to like what you see.