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Tyranny of the textbook : an insider exposes how educational materials undermine reforms / Beverlee Jobrack.

By: Jobrack, Beverlee.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on EBSCOhost.Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012Description: 1 online resource (xx, 242 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781442211438 (electronic bk.); 1442211431 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Textbooks -- United States | Textbooks -- Publishing -- United States | Textbook bias -- United States | Curriculum planning -- United States | Educational change -- United States | Education and state -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Tyranny of the textbook.DDC classification: 371.3/2 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- The most effective curriculum materials are rarely adopted -- The educational publishing business and profit motive -- Educational materials publishing : players, process, and priorities -- Standards and testing don't increase student achievement -- Why technology hasn't improved student achievement -- Why teacher education and professional development don't improve student achievement -- Rising above the plateau -- Chronology : major initiatives in standards development.
Summary: "In Tyranny of the Textbook, a retired educational director, gives a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of how K-12 textbooks are developed, written, adopted, and sold. Readers will come to understand why all the reform efforts have failed. Most importantly, the author clearly spells out how the system can change so that reforms and standards have a shot at finally being effective"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- The most effective curriculum materials are rarely adopted -- The educational publishing business and profit motive -- Educational materials publishing : players, process, and priorities -- Standards and testing don't increase student achievement -- Why technology hasn't improved student achievement -- Why teacher education and professional development don't improve student achievement -- Rising above the plateau -- Chronology : major initiatives in standards development.

"In Tyranny of the Textbook, a retired educational director, gives a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of how K-12 textbooks are developed, written, adopted, and sold. Readers will come to understand why all the reform efforts have failed. Most importantly, the author clearly spells out how the system can change so that reforms and standards have a shot at finally being effective"--

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Library Journal Review

Jobrack spent more than 25 years in the educational publishing industry and also worked as a middle school teacher. In this book, she presents a fascinating story of the life of textbooks, from their development through their distribution. Jobrack claims that, owing to several factors, the vast majority of textbooks are published for a narrow market (e.g., California and Texas), don't focus on revising content or making instructional innovations, and therefore don't support curriculum standards designed to improve student learning. Much of this book is eye-opening, especially the section on the dysfunctional relationship between teachers and textbooks. After laying out the cold facts of the situation now, Jobrack concludes with a chapter full of clear analysis and proposals of practical solutions for improvement. Verdict While maintaining an objective outlook, Jobrack also does an excellent job of entertaining the reader with salacious insider details into the world of textbook production. Her work will appeal most to educators and administrators at all primary and secondary levels, parents of schoolchildren, and college students majoring in education.-Carolyn M. Schwartz, Westfield State Univ. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

From long experience in educational publishing, Jobrack argues that textbooks today reflect not quality curricula or effective instruction, but the for-profit motives of publishers and the educational standards and testing requirements of states. Three states--California, Texas, and Florida--drive educational publishing, and only three companies now control more than three-quarters of the business. After an introduction, the book has two chapters that reveal the business and profit motive and the players and process of educational publishing. Then three chapters outline why standards and testing, technology, and teacher education and professional development do not improve student achievement. So what to do? "Curriculum is a key," Jobrack says (and adds the pithy observation that "standards are not curricula"). A Nation at Risk (1983) had recommendations, "yet to be realized," for publishers and publishing, to which Jobrack adds, in a final chapter, other suggestions and elaboration. If provided the most effective curricula, schools could promote professional development, help teachers change their methods, develop better lessons, and improve student achievement. The focus on educational publishing is a novel and penetrating critique. The chapters on the publishing business are especially informative. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. R. Sherman emeritus, University of Florida

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