1st Edition

Education Policy Perils Tackling the Tough Issues

Edited By Christopher H. Tienken, Carol A. Mullen Copyright 2016
    224 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Education Policy Perils provides educators and those interested in the future of public education with research-based and practical analyses of some of the foremost issues facing public schools today. The collection, written by experienced scholar-practitioners, offers insights that include nuanced descriptions of various challenges facing educators and recommendations for overcoming them with an eye toward more successful policy and better implementation. The authors apply their expertise to a range of issues from international testing to policy challenges related to curriculum on the state and national levels. This volume positions ongoing debates within the wider context of an education landscape struggling to displace junk-science ideology with empirical research. The scope and sequence combined with the expertise of the contributors make this volume a vital resource for educators at all levels during a pivotal time of major changes in education policy.


    Fenwick W. English



    Christopher H. Tienken and Carol A. Mullen

    Part I: Education Leadership in the Current Policy Environment

    1. The Rhetoric and Reality of School Reform: Choice, Competition, and Organizational Incentives in Market-Oriented Education

    Christopher Lubienski and P.S. Myers

    2. Corporate Networks and Their Grip on the Public School Sector and Education Policy

    Carol A. Mullen

    3. Leading in a Socially Just Manner: Preparing Principals with a Policy Perspective

    Mariela A. Rodríguez

    Part II: Curriculum and Assessment Policy Perils

    4. Customized Curriculum and High Achievement in High-Poverty Schools

    Tom Tramaglini and Christopher H. Tienken

    5. OECD, PISA, and Globalization: The Influence of the International Assessment Regime

    Svein Sjøberg

    6. High School Mathematics in Texas: Freedom and Shackles

    Michael Marder

    7. Standardized Test Results Can Be Predicted, So Stop Using Them to Drive Education Policymaking

    Christopher H. Tienken

    Editors and Contributors



    Christopher H. Tienken is Associate Professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University, USA.

    Carol A. Mullen is Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA.

    "Enlightening, insightful, practical, and evidence based. A much-needed masterful guide for traversing the bewildering and tough education policy terrain." --Yong Zhao, Ph. D., author of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

    "Our democracy thrives when smart policy replaces bad policy. This book points us in that direction with a variety of chapters, viewpoints, critiques and, best of all, ideas about how to solve some of the pressing education policy issues of our times. A much-needed analysis of how we have been led astray and what we might do about it." --David C. Berliner, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Education, Arizona State University