Peter Greene: The Indispensable Glossary to Corporate School Reform

[All of Diane Ravitch’s books are well worth a look, but here’s a reference book that is indispensable to teachers. An earlier edition of this book, by Dr. Ravitch herself, EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon (Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2007) is in heavy use here at Mark’s Text Terminal.]

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In this post, Peter Greene reviews Edspeak and Doubletalk, the glossary co-written by me and Nancy Bailey.

This is the book you need, the scorecard, to identify the players in the fast-moving world of reform propaganda and over-hyped programs.

This resulting book, Edspeak and Doubletalk: A Glossary to Decipher Hypocrisy and Save Public Schooling, is exceptionally useful as a quick-reference resource. If you are a regular reader of this or other education blogs, you know that there is a forest of acronyms, a Grand Canyon’s worth of program names and purposes, and enough different edu-focused organizations to pave a road to the moon and back. This book makes for a quick and easy reference for it all, and more. Chapters are organized by general topic, such as Charter Schools and Choice, English Language Learners, Technology, and Separation of Church and State. There are guides to the various players…

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