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What Special-Interest Groups Want YOU to BELIEVE About our SCHOOLS– AND WHY IT ISN'T SO

By Jay P.Greene
Foreword by James Q. Wilson


Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe about Our Schools—And Why It Isn't So, By Jennifer de Forest, Teachers College Record, 07-05-06

Why it's important to sift the educational diatribes, By Nichole M. Christian, Detroit Free Press, 03-13-06

Education Myths: What Special-Interest Groups Want You to Believe - And Why It Isn't So, By Lori Drummer, ALEC Book Review, Fall 2005

Debunking Education Myths, RedState.org, 12-16-05

They still don't get it, By Mark Yost, Pioneer Press, 12-13-05

Is Minnesota really underfunding education?, By Mark Yost, Pioneer Press, 12-06-05

No Incentive to Improve, Manhasset Press, 11-11-05

Read These Books!, Education Reform, 10-31-05

Education Myths and Cheating Our Kids, Citizens for Reasonable And Fair Taxes, 10-29-05

Throwing the Book at Education Myths, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, 10-28-05

The many untrue tales told about education, The Washington Times, 10-23-05

Researcher zaps school lobby's money myth, By Krista Kafer, Backbone America, 10-20-05

The myth-buster: Butchering education's sacred cows no easy task, The Gazette, 10-18-05

Highly Recommended Reading, Port Washington News, 10-07-05

Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe about Our Schools—And Why It Isn't So, The Education Gadfly, 09-22-05

My Sixth Grade Surprise, By Jay Mathews, Washington Post, 09-20-05

A free-market primer for the classroom, By Richard Lee Colvin, Los Angeles Times, 09-18-05

Education Dragonslayer, By Andrew J. Rotherham, New York Post, 09-18-05

LI needs to read up on myths in education, By Raymond J. Keating, Newsday, 09-12-05

Men of myth, joannejacobs.com, 09-08-05

Education Policy, edweek.org, 09-07-05

Education Myths, Depravity, 09-07-05

Class Struggles, By Eric Hoover, The Washington Post, 09-04-05

Book Alert: Education Myths, Education Next, September 2005

On Point: Tough guy tactics, By Vincent Carrol, Rocky Mountain News, 09-02-05

Teachers Get an 'F', By Ron Nessen, The Washington Post, 09-01-05

Debunking Education Myths, Democracy Project, 08-31-05

Jay P. Greene Examines Education Myths in New Book, Daily Headlines, 08-31-05

Debunking Education Myths, By Maggie Gallagher, Yahoo News, 08-30-05

Education Myths, A School Yard Blog, 08-21-05

A book of wisdom, Number 2 Pencil, 06-15-05

Book About Education Myths, Right on the Left Coast, 06-15-05

"A must read for the many people who—frequently with good intentions—enter the policy arena without the relevant facts."
ERIC A. HANUSHEK, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

"Clears away the fog. Well-supported, powerful, and ultimately persuasive. A major contribution."
ROD PAIGE, former U.S. Secretary of Education

"Much of what passes for conventional wisdom in the field of education is not wisdom at all, but myth. In this terrific book, Jay Greene identifies some of the most popular myths that have long misled the public—and unfortunately, its policymakers—and shows, through clear reasoning, creative analysis, and persuasive evidence, what the facts are. If we are ever to succeed in improving America's schools, this is the kind of thinking we need."
TERRY MOE, Stanford University Professor and Hoover Institution fellow

"Cleanly, deftly, succinctly, Jay Greene rips off the masks obscuring the realities of public education today."
PAUL PETERSON, director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"Anyone who has struggled to reform education has been frustrated by assertions that are often repeated, but are completely unsupported by research. Education Myths provides reformers and the general public with an accessible and persuasive summary of the evidence needed to identify and rebut these assertions, clearing the path for meaningful reform."
HOWARD FULLER, former Superintendent Milwaukee Public Schools



"With this clearly and powerfully written book, reformers everywhere will have the evidence and arguments they need to push aside the myths standing in front of the schoolhouse door."

"This timely, plain-spoken, myth-demolishing book unmasks the self-interest, naivete and well-intended gullibility that leads Americans to embrace eighteen seductive assumptions about education that turn out to be false—and that block the promising reforms that our schools and children urgently need."
- CHESTER E. FINN JR., president, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

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