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Education Policy

The Teacher Insurgency

A Strategic and Organizing Perspective
Leo Casey

In The Teacher Insurgency, Leo Casey addresses how the unexpected wave of recent teacher strikes has had a dramatic impact on American public education, teacher unions, and the larger labor movement. Casey explains how this uprising was not only born out of opposition to government policies that underfunded public schools and deprofessionalized teaching, but was also rooted in deep-seated changes in the economic climate, social movements, and, most importantly, educational politics.

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Unaccompanied Minors

Immigrant Youth, School Choice, and the Pursuit of Equity
Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

School choice—now a pillar of education reform in the United States—is widely touted as a strategy for addressing educational inequity. Yet efforts to implement school choice can exacerbate, rather than counteract, inequities. Unaccompanied Minors takes a close look at the experience of immigrant students and their families navigating New York City’s mandatory high school choice program.

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Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy

Lessons from Four Countries
Edited by Marc S. Tucker, Foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman

Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy investigates the greatly varying ways in which four countries—Singapore, Switzerland, China, and the United States—prepare young people for the twenty-first-century workplace. The book looks first at the highly successful vocational education and training (VET) systems in Singapore and Switzerland, describing them in revealing detail and accounting for the assumptions and social arrangements that account for their unique features. It then turns to the two largest—and arguably the most dynamic—nations in the world, China and the United States, and examines the differing conditions, goals, and arrangements that have affected their respective programs for preparing their citizens for present and future work.

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When School Policies Backfire

How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students
Edited by Michael A. Gottfried and Gilberto Q. Conchas

Like medical practitioners, educators share the moral obligation to “first, do no harm.” But as this provocative volume shows, education policies do not always live up to this ideal, especially policies intended to help our most vulnerable students. When School Policies Backfire draws our attention to education policies designed to help disadvantaged students that instead had the perverse effect of harming them by exacerbating the very problems they were intended to solve.

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Why Knowledge Matters

Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

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In Why Knowledge Matters, influential scholar E. D. Hirsch, Jr., addresses critical issues in contemporary education reform and shows how cherished truisms about education and child development have led to unintended and negative consequences. 

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Youth, Education, and the Role of Society

Rethinking Learning in the High School Years
Robert Halpern

Youth, Education, and the Role of Society examines the “learning landscape” currently available to American adolescents, arguing that we need to expand, enrich, and diversify the learning opportunities available to young people today.

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