The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, And The Attack On America's Public Schools

The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, And The Attack On America's Public Schools

by David C. Berliner, Bruce J. Biddle


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The Manufactured Crisis debunks the myths that test scores in America's schools are falling, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit. It shares the good news about public education. Disputing conventional wisdom, this book ignited debate in Newsweek, The New York Times, and the entire teaching profession. Winner of the American Educational Research Association book award, The Manufactured Crisis is the best source of facts and analysis for people who care about what's really happening in our schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201441963
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/05/1996
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 585,115
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

David C. Berliner, Ph.D., is Regents' Professor in the College of Education at Arizona State University, and past recipient of the Friends of Education Award from the National Education Association.

Bruce J. Biddle, Ph.D., is editor of the journal Social Psychology of Education, and serves as professor of both Psychology and Sociology at the University of Missouri.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Thinking About Education in a Different Way
Myths About Achievement and Aptitude
Other Myths About American Schools
Why Now?
Poor Ideas for Reform
Real Problems of American Education
Toward the Improvement of Education
Fundamentals of School Improvement: Research and Compassion
Endnotes 351(12)
References 363(30)
Name Index 393(10)
Subject Index 403(13)
About the Authors 416

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David C. Berliner and Bruce J. Biddle wrote a book titled 'The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools'. This book claims that it is a 'myth that America spends a lot more on education than other countries'. To back up this claim, the authors presented a chart on page 67 which gives 'K-12 expenditures for education in 16 nations in 1985 (based on exchange rates in 1988)'. The reader should note that the year in which the expenditures occurred (1985) and the year of the exchange rates (1988) are different. By mismatching the year of the expenditures and the year of the exchange rates, the authors were able to inflate the level of educational expenditures for the fifteen foreign countries by an average in 49.8%. For the period 1981-1989, the dollar reached its lowest level in terms of exchange rates in 1988. Therefore, by choosing the 1988 exchange rates, the authors were able to inflate the fifteen foreign nations educational expeditures by the greatest amount. No where else in the book do they draw conclusions by mismatching the years for the exchange rates. For example, on page 225, the authors quoted a book which compared per capita income by using exchange rates where the years were not mismatched. On page 93, American worker productivity is compared with the productivity of workers in other countries. To make this comparison, the authors quoute a report which makes use of exchange rates which equalizes the price levels in the various countris. This type of exchange rate is known as purchasing power parity. If either of these methods were used to make comparisons of education spending levels in different countries, they would have to conclude that America spends more on education than most other countries. To evaluate this countries educational needs, we will need much better scholarship than is provided in this book