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50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools
March 2014
Teachers College Press

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50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools

The Real Crisis in Education
David C. Berliner
Gene V. Glass

Two of the most respected voices in education and a team of young education scholars identify 50 myths and lies that threaten America's public schools. With hard-hitting information and a touch of comic relief, Berliner, Glass and their associates separate fact from fiction in this comprehensive look at modern education reform. They explain how the mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests that stand to gain from its destruction.

They also expose a rapidly expanding variety of organizations and media that intentionally misrepresent facts. Many of these organizations suggest that their goal is unbiased service in the public interest when, in fact, they represent narrow political and financial interests. Where appropriate, the authors name the promoters of these deceptions and point out how they are served by encouraging false beliefs.

This provocative book features short essays on important topics to provide every elected representative, school administrator, school board member, teacher, parent and concerned citizen with much food for thought, as well as reliable knowledge from authoritative sources.


David Berliner is a Regents' Professor Emeritus in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in the division of educational leadership and policy studies. Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, technical reports and book chapters.

Praise for this book

This valuable new book takes a stark look at some of the worst ideas being promoted by school reformers around the country as ways to improve public education

The Washington Post

"50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education" is exactly what it purports to be: a compilation of false but pervasive claims about the public-school system, teaching methods, and how students learn coupled with research-supported refutations of those claims. But it is more than that. The book, published by Teachers College Press on March 22, is also an impassioned effort to save our country's education system, which it aims to do by teaching the general public how it all works.

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