Date: 20-Sep-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Marketing Fear in America's Public Schools: Poynor, Wolfe (Eds)
Title: Marketing Fear in America's Public Schools
Subtitle: The Real War on Literacy
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: Leslie Poynor, University of Connecticut
Editor: Paula Wolfe, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hardback: ISBN: 0805847030 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 59.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805847049 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 24.50
This book is an eye-opening examination of the real world consequences of the political pressures and influences on teachers today. In particular, it looks at how the political actions of the conservative right disempower and control teachers, school districts, parents, and children through an atmosphere of fear used as a strategy to ensure that schools follow the conservative political agenda supporting and imposing mandates such as increased accountability, high stakes testing, and direct intense direct-instruction phonics programs. The editors and contributors envision the volume as a voice for an alternative to compliance with unreasonable mandates-and thus as a message of hope.
"Marketing Fear in America's Public Schools: The Real War on Literacy" is important reading for teachers; teacher educators; education students; school administrators and other education professionals; researchers concerned with literacy, critical theory, pedagogy, and educational policy; and parents and community activists concerned with the politics of schooling and school reform. It is will serve well as a text in a range of courses across the field of education.