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Conspiracy of Ignorance : The Failure of American Public Schools

Conspiracy of Ignorance : The Failure of American Public Schools - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060932602

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ISBN13: 978-0060932602
ISBN10: 0060932600
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: 1999
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Conspiracy of Ignorance : The Failure of American Public Schools - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060932602

Martin L. Gross

ISBN13: 978-0060932602
ISBN10: 0060932600
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Never before have public school students been so poorly educated.  On national exams, almost 40 percent of fourth graders are reading at "below basic" levels, and in international contests in math and science, our seventeen-year-olds score near the bottom.


In a shocking expose of the Educational Establishment, Martin L. Gross describes how the typical teacher is academically inferior and trained in dubious "educational psychology" and faddish  "whole language" methods.  Indeed, most teachers and administrators come from the bottom third of their class and are outscored on the SAT tests by their own college-bound students.  The curriculum is so weak that only one in five students ever take trigonometry, physics, or geography in high school.  The usual remedies-from smaller class sizes to federal aid-fail because the Etablishment is intent on maintaining both control and lower academic standards.  Lucid, persuasive, and meticulously researched, The Conspiracy of Ignorance asks- and answers--the questions educators are afraid to ask.  This book is desperately needed if American schoolchildren are to prosper in today's competitive world.

Author Bio

Gross, Martin L. :

Martin L. Gross, has written more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, which began the serious debate over capricious and wasteful government, and A Call for Revolution, as well as The End of Sanity, The Medical Racket and The Conspiracy of Ignorance. His 1995 bestseller, The Tax Racket, exposed the excesses of the IRS and asked for its elimination. He has testified before the U. S. Congress five times. Three of his prior nonfiction works, The Brain Watchers, The Doctors, and The Psychological Society, stimulated public debate in the fields of psychological testing, medicine, and psychiatry, resulting in Congressional hearings and reforms. Mr. Gross has been a member of the faculty of The New School for Social Research and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Science at New York University. He lives and works in suburban Connecticut.

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