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Jeff Swensson served in traditional public education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent across the Midwest for the past 45 years. He graduated from Amherst College, received his MAT from Northwestern University, and earned his PhD from Indiana University.
John Ellis served public education across Indiana as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and Director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents for more than 43 years. He graduated from Ball State University with a BA in education and a Master’s in Education before earning his PhD from Indiana State University.
Michael Shaffer served in schools in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Iowa as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He graduated from Morehead State University with a BA and MA in elementary education and earned his Education Specialist and Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ball State University.
Introduction: On Behalf of America’s Students
Chapter 1: Free Market Schooling Pushes Traditional Public Education Out on a Limb
Chapter 2: Why Bother with Self-Defense? We’re Busy Enough Already!
Chapter 3: What Are Traditional Public Educators Defending?
Chapter 4: Staking A Claim on the Primary Purpose of Traditional Public Education
Chapter 5: In Defense of Traditional Public Education: Intelligence and Thinking
Chapter 6: In Defense of Traditional Public Education: Function
Chapter 7: What Happens When Educators Teach How to Think?
Chapter 8: How Do Traditional Public Educators Know that Self-Defense Is Necessary?
Chapter 9: Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned! The Dangers of Free Market Schooling
Chapter 10: Mediated Identity in Windows and Mirrors
Chapter 11: The Context of Free Market Testing Invokes a Culture of Failure
Chapter 12: Tales, Stories, Fables, and Myths in the Free Market
Chapter 13: Policymaking: Is that a Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Chapter 14: The Self-Defense Responsibilities of Traditional Public Educators
About the Authors
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the coordinated attack on public education, the Big Money that funds this attack, and the reasons that everyone should unite to defend our democratic public schools against privatization.
— Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education; author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
Authors Jeff Swensson, John Ellis, and Michael Shaffer have written a tour de force that describes the struggle between free market schooling (choice education/privatization) and comprehensive traditional public education as these two perspectives vie for funding, enrollment, and the allegiance of policymakers. As they describe the perils facing public education, the authors offer recommendations to fend off free market schooling via continuous improvement of both policies and instruction that affect traditional public education.
— Phyllis Bush, Co-Founder, North East Indiana Friends of Public Education
As a superintendent, I had the opportunity and good fortune to work with both Don Lifto and Barb Nicol on school tax election initiatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin, all of which passed. Gaining community support for these important initiatives directly benefited students and public education, providing essential resources to address critical funding needs for operations, technology and bricks and mortar. Planning and executing a successful school tax election is one of the most complex and difficult leadership challenges of a superintendent, requiring a comprehensive plan anchored in research, sustained engagement and solid execution. The authors have honed their individual and collective expertise through decades of providing quality consultation to school districts. The 3rd edition of this book provides a comprehensive and effective framework for this important work.
— Stan Mack, Ph.D., retired superintendent and educational consultant, Fridley, MN