Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

Terry M. Moe, Author, John E. Chubb, Author
Terry M. Moe, Author, John E. Chubb, Author Jossey-Bass $24.95 (223p) ISBN 978-0-470-44214-2
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In this follow up to the authors' Politics, Markets, and American Schools, Moe and Chubb ""think of public education not as the current institution, but in terms of its vital responsibility,"" in which case ""technology promises to be a very good thing."" When focused on this thesis, the Hoover Institution associates (Moe is a political science professor, Chubb founded an education consulting group) make a consistently intriguing case-not just for computers in the classroom, but for a full-scale system revamp. Unfortunately, they spend much time blaming teachers and teachers' unions for standing in the way, and fail repeatedly to address the realities of teaching. Many of the authors' assumptions will strike elementary educators as plainly wrong; for example, the idea that ""computer-based approaches... simply require far fewer teachers per student"" ignores the fact that teenagers can rarely be counted on to do what they're asked. It's also highly unlikely that parental demand will bring about a merit pay system; any school teacher will tell you that parental disinterest or neglect is rampant. Finally, and most distressingly, Moe and Chubb seem oblivious to the challenges poverty presents. Unfortunately, shallow thinking and a seeming lack of real classroom experience short circuit an important topic.
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