Expect Miracles

Expect Miracles

Charter Schools and the Politics of Hope and Despair

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Charter schools are the most significant educational experiment in the last two decades. In Expect miracles, Peter W. Cookson, Jr. and Kristina Berger focus on the current trend toward deregulation in public education. The issue of deregulation is of critical importance because the spirit of entrepreneurship that is behind deregulation is seldom examined from a sociological perspective. This book places the debate concerning the future of public education in a meaningful framework that allows the reader to ask new questions and seek genuine solutions. Using the latest research as the basis for discussion, this book provides a fresh look at the growing and politically volatile charter school movement. The authors present the most balanced analysis to dateof the movement that is changing the landscape of American education.

Perseus Publishing
"Charter schools are the most significant educational experiment in the last two decades. In Expect Miracles, Peter W. Cookson, Jr. and Kristina Berger focus on the current trend toward deregulation in"

Charter schools are the most significant educational experiment in the last two decades. In Expect Miracles, Peter W. Cookson, Jr. and Kristina Berger focus on the current trend toward deregulation in public education. The issue of deregulation is of critical importance because the spirit of entrepreneurship that is behind deregulation is seldom examined from a sociological perspective. This book places the debate concerning the future of public education in a meaningful framework that allows the reader to ask new questions and seek genuine solutions. Using the latest research as the basis for discussion, this book provides a fresh look at the growing and politically volatile charter school movement. The authors present the most balanced analysis to date of the movement that is changing the landscape of American education.


Book News
Noting that education is inescapably political, Cookson (Teachers College, Columbia U.) and education consultant Berger examine the political and educational development of the national charter school movement. They identify a desire to escape bureaucracy as a major impetus in all of the fragmented charter school currents. They argue that charter schools are difficult to establish, dependent on original founders, fail to live up to the promises of movement reformers, and recreate unequal class relations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780813366319
0813366313
Branch Call Number: 371.01 Cookson 2002
Characteristics: viii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Berger, Kristina

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