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The School Choice Wars (Hardback)
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The School Choice Wars (Hardback)

Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 14/03/2001
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What does the term 'school choice' mean to you? Opponents of parental choice have muddied its definition, misleading parents and educators and drawing public debate away from the core issues. In a book geared for anyone who wants to better understand this hotly contested topic, Merrifield clarifies the proposals in existence today, defining the key concepts related to choice. Arguing for a competitive education industry, he discusses policy and political strategy mistakes while suggesting corrections. This informative book covers government regulation issues, typical fallacies, diversity issues, private voucher initiatives, and experiments and empirical evidence about competition.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780810839533
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm

Passionate and persuasive. Merrifield pulls no punches in his criticism of alternate approaches. This important book is bound to be controversial. -- Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Laureate
...a seminal contribution to explaining why the current school choice wars cannot change our educational system. -- Seymour Sarason, Ph.D., emeritus professor of psychology at Yale University, and author of Political Leadership and Educational Failure
In presenting the issues of a truly competitive education industry, he is as much a teacher as a researcher. No matter what camp of education reform you belong to, you can learn a great deal from The School Choice Wars. -- John Pisciotta, senior fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation and associate professor of Economics, Baylor University early favorite for Best School Reform Book of 2001. Even school reformers committed to an incrementalist approach will benefit from Merrifield's instructions on the proper use of rhetoric and the importance of communicating the goal of creating a true competitive education industry. -- Joseph L. Bast, author of We Can Rescue Our Children and Rebuilding America's Schools, founding publisher of School Reform News and president of
The School Choice Wars is essential reading in the discussions of education reform.... If his analysis is widely read, it will transform the debate over school choice in the United States, to a debate over a competitive education industry. -- Dr. Myron Lieberman, chairman, Education Policy Institute
...a sharp, punchy, action-oriented book. The author...appears to have read - and cited - every article and study on school choice ever written. -- Martin Morse Wooster * The Washington Times *
The book, citing up-to-date research, would be a valuable resource to administrators regardless of where they stand on the issue of school choice. * School Administrator *

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