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Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions about Public Education in the U.S.

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Gerald Bracey knows there are three kinds of lies in education policy: lies, damned lies, and the statistics that reactionary reformers tout as evidence in favor of dismantling our public schools. In this second and substantially updated edition of the hard-hitting Setting the Record Straight, Bracey, whom Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews called "one of this ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published February 25th 1997)
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Yofish
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Series of essays written by a defender of public schools. Hard to tell how dated his info is. (Book from 1995.) Takes self a little too seriously; sounds like he's just quoting the data that supports himself, while denigrating others. Annoyingly set up so that each essay starts with a "myth" followed by a bullet points of why it's wrong, then more detailed "analysis," then a sum up. Seems like a lot of padding. He does have a few good points, though, and it's nice that someone is at least trying ...more
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very informative, with many graphs and explanations of statistical methods. Even through all the statistics, this book was still very approachable to a layperson.
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