Something is terribly wrong with America's public school system.
For decades, we have seen test scores slide or stagnate (today fewer than twenty percent of our nation's twelfth graders are proficient in math, and our students rank near the bottom in science and math among the industrialized nations of the world) and achievement gaps persist or widen.
So who's responsible for the ongoing failure of our education system? In The War Against Hope, former Secretary of Education Rod Paige pulls no punches in his critical analysis of America's crisis in the classroom. Without question, the greatest impediment to meaningful school reform is the enormous, self-aggrandizing power wielded by the teachers' unions.
In this vital, well-documented book, Paige takes an unflinching look at the power-hungry union leaders who have consistently placed their ambitions ahead of the needs of the teachers and the students whom they claim to serve. He also traces the history of the National Education Association (NEA) from its humble beginnings as an advocate of education excellence to its early radicalization by left-wing ideology.
The War Against Hope is a disturbing account of the corruption, greed, and skewed values that have assaulted our schools, betrayed our teachers, and forsaken our children for far too long.
|About the Contributor(s)||Rod Paige
Rod Paige, P.Ed., former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005), has assembled a team of independent, strategic advisors to co-found the Chartwell Education Group, LLC. In addition to his time at Chartwell, Dr. Paige, in his quest to improve the quality of education for all students, is an active member of several highly respected boards, including the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, News Corporation, The Broad Foundation and the National Council on Economic Education's Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. As Secretary of Education, Dr. Paige was an unstinting advocate of student achievement, employing 'best of breed' solutions to achieve results towards the Department's goal of raising national standards of educational excellence. He earned his reputation for seeking out and implementing innovative approaches to systemic academic improvement when he served as Dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University, where he established the university's Center for Excellence in Urban Education. He has also shown a knack for inclusive leadership first as a trustee and then as Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the nation's seventh largest district. Dr. Paige, who served as a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, brings a global perspective to his work and a desire to export the best practices and products for education that the U.S. has to offer and to import those that have been successful in other countries in an effort to improve the state of education for all.
|Publish Date||Feb 18, 2009|
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