In this provocative book, "America's Superintendent," John Kuhn lays bare the scare tactics at the root of the modern school reform movement. Kuhn conveys a deeply held passion for the mission and promise of public education through his own experience as a school administrator in Texas. When his "Alamo Letter" first appeared in the Washington Post, it galvanised the educational community in a call to action that was impossible to ignore. This powerful book requires us to question whether the current education crisis will be judged by history as a legitimate national emergency or an agenda-driven panic, spurred on by a media that is, for the most part, uninterested in anything but useless soundbites.
Publisher: Teachers' College Press
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 229 x 171 mm
"In Fear and Learning in America, John Kuhn weaves together stories from his life as a teacher and missionary with tales from history. The result is a fresh way of thinking about schools and educational policy. Refuting A Nation at Risk, Mr. Kuhn warns, persuasively, of 'a rising tide of inequality.' His message, artfully delivered in this important book, should be heeded." - John Merrow, education correspondent, PBS NewsHour, and president, Learning Matters, Inc. "Kuhn is a superb educator and his valuable book effectively dissects the myths about today's high-stakes testing environment and the worsening conditions under which educators are expected to make miracles every day, or else. His cogent arguments against such policies demonstrate what is really important and should inform the debate about public education." - Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.
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