This book examines the changes in educational policy in the U.S. and Britain over the last twenty-five years. Hursh argues that education in the States and Britain has been radically transformed, first through efforts to create curricular standards, more recently through an emphasis on accountability measured by standardized tests, and currently, efforts to introduce market competition and private services into educational systems. Hursh offers an alternative to the neoliberal conception of society and education complete with examples of parents who reject the current emphasis on individual success and schools that promote civic-mindedness.
David Hursh is associate professor of Teaching and Curriculum in the Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.
Chapter 1 Situating the personal in the political Chapter 2 Demystifying education: Theorizing practice and practicing theory Chapter 3 Years of struggle and hope Chapter 4 Conflicting visions of schooling and teaching: The historical and political context Chapter 5 The rise of high-stakes testing at the state and federal levels: New York, Texas and No Child Left Behind Chapter 6 Chicago's Renaissance 2010: The reassertion of ruling-class power. Chapter 7 Imagining the future: Alternatives to high-stakes testing and neoliberalism