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Reading for Profit

How the Bottom Line Leaves Kids Behind

By Bess Altwerger

    Why is reading instruction so often focused on the mechanical transmission of skills rather than on the development of meaningful literacy? To understand why, we need to know who: who decides how children will be taught, and who benefits from that decision? Reading for Profit demonstrates conclusively that the pedagogical is political.
    —Alfie Kohn, Author of The Case Against Standardized Testing and The Schools Our Children Deserve
    Filled with teachers' voices and an eye-opening analysis, this timely book reveals the corporate assault on schools, children's reading education, and teachers' effectiveness.
    —Gerald Coles, Author of Reading the Naked Truth and Misreading Reading
    The Manufactured Crisis and The War Against America's Public Schools were angry books. This is a furious book. The extensive evidence it mounts to describe this attempt renders it an accurate book.
    —Gerald W. Bracey, Author of Setting the Record Straight, Second Edition
    This book documents the corporate connections and exposes their motivations, documents the fear and frustration that experienced and highly competent teachers feel, and repeatedly and thoroughly documents the failings of the programs. These are the voices the public needs to hear.
    —Stephen Krashen, Author of The Power of Reading, Second Edition
    Kudos to Bess Altwerger for this remarkable collection.... This book arms us to fight back.
    —Susan Ohanian, Author of Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? and One Size Fits Few

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    Why is reading instruction so often focused on the mechanical transmission of skills rather than on the development of meaningful literacy? To understand why, we need to know who: who decides how children will be taught, and who benefits from that decision? Reading for Profit demonstrates conclusively that the pedagogical is political.
    —Alfie Kohn, Author of The Case Against Standardized Testing and The Schools Our Children Deserve
    Filled with teachers' voices and an eye-opening analysis, this timely book reveals the corporate assault on schools, children's reading education, and teachers' effectiveness.
    —Gerald Coles, Author of Reading the Naked Truth and Misreading Reading
    The Manufactured Crisis and The War Against America's Public Schools were angry books. This is a furious book. The extensive evidence it mounts to describe this attempt renders it an accurate book.
    —Gerald W. Bracey, Author of Setting the Record Straight, Second Edition
    This book documents the corporate connections and exposes their motivations, documents the fear and frustration that experienced and highly competent teachers feel, and repeatedly and thoroughly documents the failings of the programs. These are the voices the public needs to hear.
    —Stephen Krashen, Author of The Power of Reading, Second Edition
    Kudos to Bess Altwerger for this remarkable collection.... This book arms us to fight back.
    —Susan Ohanian, Author of Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? and One Size Fits Few

Lead your practice, your school, or your district toward a return to professionalism and away from faceless literacy programs designed with dividends in mind. Get informed with Reading for Profit; read studies that prove NCLB and other reforms hurt kids, and learn how to initiate the change your students need.

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