Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
-Teachers College Record
"With all the hype about the kinds of recent policies that promise to 'reform' the ways in which schools are controlled and financed, there has been almost no serious discussion of the actual politics of the policies themselves and of their political effect. This is where "Political Spectacle enters. It provides a thorough, critical analysis of what the politics behind these reforms actually are and who the winners and losers in this process will be. I can think of no one better to write such a book than Mary Lee Smith and her colleagues."
-Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"No one I know writes more convincingly about the purely symbolic and broadly harmful educational policies that are foisted on the American people by irresponsible political leaders. I hope this book sparks outrage among all those who still love America's public schools."
-David C. Berliner, Arizona State University
"This is the most insightful book about educational policy that I have read for quite a while."
-Ernest R. House, University of Colorado, Boulder