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"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the de "We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transformed American culture into a hyper-consuming, xenophobic society that is systematically degrading public education. Glass shows how the central education policy debates at the start of the 21st century (vouchers, charter schools, tax credits, high-stakes testing, bilingual education) are actually about two underlying issues: how can the costs of public education be cut, and how can the education of the White middle-class be "quasi-privatized" at public expense? Working from the demographic realities of the past thirty years, he projects a challenging and disturbing future for public education in America. Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips is attracting the attention of the nation's foremost education scholars. Reviews: "This is the first credible book of the 21st century to anticipate the future of public education." David C. Berliner ".a wake up call to America about the disastrous consequences of current policies that shortchange the education of the coming majorityLatinos and other 'minority' studentson whom the very future of the nation rests. " Patricia G�ndara "The book makes such impressive sense that one has to believe that its clarity, command of the facts, eye for absurdity, and concern for justice will garner greater support for public education as a common and noble cause." John Willinsky "This is the most original book about education in years." Ernest R. House


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"We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the de "We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transformed American culture into a hyper-consuming, xenophobic society that is systematically degrading public education. Glass shows how the central education policy debates at the start of the 21st century (vouchers, charter schools, tax credits, high-stakes testing, bilingual education) are actually about two underlying issues: how can the costs of public education be cut, and how can the education of the White middle-class be "quasi-privatized" at public expense? Working from the demographic realities of the past thirty years, he projects a challenging and disturbing future for public education in America. Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips is attracting the attention of the nation's foremost education scholars. Reviews: "This is the first credible book of the 21st century to anticipate the future of public education." David C. Berliner ".a wake up call to America about the disastrous consequences of current policies that shortchange the education of the coming majorityLatinos and other 'minority' studentson whom the very future of the nation rests. " Patricia G�ndara "The book makes such impressive sense that one has to believe that its clarity, command of the facts, eye for absurdity, and concern for justice will garner greater support for public education as a common and noble cause." John Willinsky "This is the most original book about education in years." Ernest R. House

45 review for Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America (PB)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bob Klein

    Terrific book and great arguments from a trusted author. Glass argues that understanding education requires understanding the broader cultural, social, economic, and political forces that shape American society. Most notably, the use of fertilizers leading to the rural-to-urban migration, birth control pills leading to a massive age shift in the populace, and the rise of uncollateralized credit and the impact it has on economics at all levels of society. This terrific read is tempered somewhat b Terrific book and great arguments from a trusted author. Glass argues that understanding education requires understanding the broader cultural, social, economic, and political forces that shape American society. Most notably, the use of fertilizers leading to the rural-to-urban migration, birth control pills leading to a massive age shift in the populace, and the rise of uncollateralized credit and the impact it has on economics at all levels of society. This terrific read is tempered somewhat by inadequate editing, especially in the final chapters where it interrupts a largely personal and impassioned (but still principled) argument by Glass about what might become of US education in the future based on present and past data.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    On Order at Fondren Library Information Age Publishing Description: "We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transform On Order at Fondren Library Information Age Publishing Description: "We shape our tools and then they shape us." With these words, Kenneth Boulding captured one of the great truths of the modern world. In Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips, Gene V Glass analyzes how a few key technological inventions changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Driving these changes are material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which have transformed American culture into a hyper-consuming, xenophobic society that is systematically degrading public education. Glass shows how the central education policy debates at the start of the 21st century (vouchers, charter schools, tax credits, high-stakes testing, bilingual education) are actually about two underlying issues: how can the costs of public education be cut, and how can the education of the White middle-class be "quasi-privatized" at public expense? Working from the demographic realities of the past thirty years, he projects a challenging and disturbing future for public education in America.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Although written in textbook language and the fact that this book could use a better editor for spelling and errors. This is a great book. All people involve in education (and in America that means everyone) should read this book. It makes you think about the policies and decisions made in our education system today. A few great quotes from the book: "Where education is concerned, the old adage holds true: Facts are negotiable; beliefs are rock solid." "... debates in education.. are about gaining Although written in textbook language and the fact that this book could use a better editor for spelling and errors. This is a great book. All people involve in education (and in America that means everyone) should read this book. It makes you think about the policies and decisions made in our education system today. A few great quotes from the book: "Where education is concerned, the old adage holds true: Facts are negotiable; beliefs are rock solid." "... debates in education.. are about gaining the political power to control money and secure special privileges." "Americans will support policies that are harmful to minorities that they would not tolerate if those same policies were applied to majority populations." Read this if you care about public education Read this anyway if you don't care, because you should. And kudos to some of the policies in Utah where they believe that all kids are their kids!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Strong case for why education "reforms" will not improve K - 12 public education. Strong case for why education "reforms" will not improve K - 12 public education.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Holly Herrera

    Definitely a different way to look at the "Educational Crisis" in America. I am looking forward to the opposing viewpoint. Definitely a different way to look at the "Educational Crisis" in America. I am looking forward to the opposing viewpoint.

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