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The Politics of American Education (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Educatio)by Joel Spring
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Turning his distinctive analytical lens to the politics of American education, Joel Spring looks at contemporary educational policy issues from theoretical, practical, and historical perspectives. This comprehensive overview documents and explains who influences educational policy and how, bringing to life the realities of schooling in the 21st century and revealing the ongoing ideological struggles at play. Coverage includes the influence of global organizations on American school policies and the impact of emerging open source and other forms of electronic textbooks.
Thought-provoking, lucid, original in its conceptual framework and rich with engaging examples from the real world, this text is timely and useful for understanding the big picture and the micro-level intricacies of the multiple forces at work in controlling U.S. public schools . It is the text of choice for any course that covers or addresses the politics of American education.
Companion Website: The interactive Companion Website accompanying this text includes relevant data, public domain documents, YouTube links, and links to websites representing political organizations and interest groups involved in education.
Book News Annotation:
Spring (education, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City U. of New York) examines contemporary educational policy issues in the US from theoretical, practical, and historical perspectives, explaining who influences educational policy and how. He explains how the dominant ideology in the US is human capital education; the views of groups like parents, teachers, administrators, the media, and politicians; the structure of school governance; influential groups like teachers unions, religious groups, administrative organizations, and think tanks and foundations; the role of politicians and education ideologies in influencing and determining policies; the role of the education business, made up of textbook publishers, for-profit schools, tutoring and test preparation companies, and others; issues surrounding financing; how the government is benchmarking standards and tests against international tests; and how the school governance structure affects a democratic society. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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