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Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America (PB)

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"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the de ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 24th 2008 by Information Age Publishing
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Bob Klein
Terrific book and great arguments from a trusted author. Glass argues that understanding education requires understanding the broader cultural, social, economic, and political forces that shape American society. Most notably, the use of fertilizers leading to the rural-to-urban migration, birth control pills leading to a massive age shift in the populace, and the rise of uncollateralized credit and the impact it has on economics at all levels of society. This terrific read is tempered somewhat b ...more
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"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transform
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Kathy
Although written in textbook language and the fact that this book could use a better editor for spelling and errors. This is a great book. All people involve in education (and in America that means everyone) should read this book. It makes you think about the policies and decisions made in our education system today.

A few great quotes from the book:

"Where education is concerned, the old adage holds true: Facts are negotiable; beliefs are rock solid."

"... debates in education.. are about gaining
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Holly Herrera
Definitely a different way to look at the "Educational Crisis" in America. I am looking forward to the opposing viewpoint.
Sue
Strong case for why education "reforms" will not improve K - 12 public education.
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