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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Deception, Dismantling, and Demise of Public Education

Deception, Dismantling, and Demise of Public Education

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As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

This book comments on and details what it believes are ill-conceived, deceptive, fraudulent practices in education today that, although ostensibly attempting to solve educational problems, are, in actuality, impeding, hindering, distorting and even thwarting the very goals we seek to accomplish, namely, a sound education for every student. In 2002, No Child Left Behind Act became the most dramatic expansion of the federal government's role in public education since the passage of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, part of Johnson's war on poverty, another war not won. This spuriously written, defective dictum was inflicted on America by former U.S. education secretary Roderick R. Paige and former President George W. Bush in January 2002. It is essential to know the history behind this law that is dismantling and demolishing and demoralizing our public education system today.

Keywords:   No Child Left Behind Act, federal government, public education, Lyndon B. Johnson, Elementary and Secondary Act, war on poverty, Roderick R. Paige, George W. Bush

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