Some blog followers might be interested in a post of the above title [Hake (2010)]. The abstract reads:
ABSTRACT: Chapter 10 "The Fate of Public Education in America" of Gene Glass's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_V._Glass book Fertilizers, Pills & Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America [Glass (2008)] is available free online at http://infoagepub.com/glass-chapter-10, thanks to its publisher, Information Age Publishing (IAP).
Among the testimonials at the IAP site http://tinyurl.com/23n2dg9 is one by G.E. Hein, emeritus, Lesley University, who wrote: "Glass argues, following Diamond's 'Guns, Germs, and Steel', that 'significant inventions in the 20th century ... fertilizers (agricultural technologies, pills (medical technologies), and magnetic strips (nonmoney based credit systems)', have influenced educational policy to the extent that 'no longer is the assumption made ... that our nation must have a universal system of free public education.' 'Older, White Americans entering their retirement years with diminished assets' will increasingly 'be asked to support schools that will be serving a younger, browner clientele,' he states.
In his longest chapter, Glass documents how current reform efforts (i.e., vouchers, charter schools, and tuition tax credits) systematically discriminate against minorities, while US schools are more segregated than before Brown v. Board of Education. He also challenges the view that schools are 'failing,' and summarizes critiques of high-stakes, standardized testing. Glass's historical perspective and his review of evidence supporting his position are impressive. He rejects simple solutions to public education's endemic problems, but hopes that in the long run Americans' love of justice will prevail over the selfish interests of the graying, currently dominant majority."
To access the complete 10 kB post please click on http://tinyurl.com/35qvc2l .
I should point out that there are a few missing words in the free download at http://infoagepub.com/glass-chapter-10. About one-quarter of the way down there is a paragraph that begins:
"Assertions about the state of education in America are pre- . . . . . [[MISSING WORDS]]. . . . Several things could deflect or reverse these trends: . . . . ."
Gene Glass tells me that the paragraph should begin:
"Assertions about the state of education in America are predictions or else they are historical facts of no significance whatsoever. No long-term predictions are being made here. Several things could deflect or reverse these trends: . . . . ."
Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
“Sometimes even the noble Homer nods”
Horace (65-8 B.C.) Ars Poetica I.359)
REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy http://tinyurl.com/create.php .]
Glass, G. 2008. Fertilizers, Pills & Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America. Information Age Publishing; publisher's information at http://tinyurl.com/23n2dg9 . Amazon.com information at http://tinyurl.com/2cbq4sh .
Hake, R.R. 2010. "Open Access to Chapter 10 of Glass's 'The Fate of Public Education in America' #2" online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at http://tinyurl.com/35qvc2l . Post of 11 Jun 2010 15:05:01-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and URL are being transmitted to various discussion lists.