Analyses of education are too often developed for public consumption in a fast-moving political world. This book examines some of the deeper organizational reasons why things don't work so well in school, as well as a look at some of things that do work. Most importantly, the book will explain how the social and cultural expectations of what schools can do may create unrealistic hopes. We, as a society, and schools, as institutions, embrace these unreasonably high hopes at our collective peril.
Andrew K. Milton has spent his entire professional life working in schools and universities. He has taught 8th grade English in Steilacoom, WA for 7 years, and he has taught university-level political science, at several institutions, for 15 years.
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The Problem with Public Schools Chapter 2: Why Schools have Normal Accidents Routinely Chapter 3: The Social Climate and Expectations of Schools Chapter 4: How School Organizational Culture Militates Against our Social Expectations Chapter 5: How Standardized Testing Makes all this Worse Chapter 6: Standardized Tests Might be too Simple to Assess the Complexity of Learning Chapter 7: Technology Adds Another Layer of Complication Chapter 8: Markets Aren't the Answer for Education Chapter 9: Where We Go From Here