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Fear and Learning in America - Bad Data, Good Teachers, and the Attack on Public Education

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In this provocative book, Americas 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 galvanized the educational ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 15th 2014 by Teachers College Press
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Claudia
I read a lot of education books, so it's hard to find a new twist to the story...something I haven't read. It's happened several times, and now ONE MORE.

Kuhn has a voice like a preacher...his use of image and metaphor remind me of MLK's speeches...connections, challenges to the reader and listener. Kuhn takes on his journey, and we'd better keep up. Kuhn has been a missionary, a teacher, a principal, and is now a superintendent in a rural TX school district. He knows of what he speaks, and he ha
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Sara
Apr 03, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all American citizens
John Kuhn, of the famous Alamo letter and rallying cry at the Save Texas Schools Rally in 2011, has written a book that will completely confirm or convert you to the cause of protecting the great democratizer, public education, from its assault by government, business, and so-called reformers. If I had used a highlighter to mark significant passages and hard-hitting barbs, every page of this book would be permeated yellow. The book is that good. It's also highly personal with stories about how ...more
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Jul 27, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Superb analysis of the education landscape. But--there are many such books, well-done and otherwise. What makes Kuhn's book different--better--is the way he weaves in literature, metaphor, tales and personal stories and perspectives. Again, lots of education writers share personal anecdotes. But Kuhn's don't always position him as the hero; he's often the learner, not the star. Highly recommended.
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