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Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education (MP3 CD)
Everyone wants: High schoolers to graduate well-prepared for jobs. Improved STEM literacy. Greater achievement for inner-city children. Happiness for all children. So why are liberals spending billions of dollars working against those goals?
In Race to the Bottom, Luke Rosiak uncovers the shocking reason why American education is failing: Powerful special interest groups are using our kids as guinea pigs in vast ideological experiments. These groups' initiatives aren't focused on making children smarter--but on implementing a radical agenda, no matter the effect on academic standards.
Nonprofits pump billions into initiatives meant to redress racial inequities. Rather than fixing the problem, districts with a big gap between white and black test scores hire consultants who claim the tests are meaningless because they are racist. These consultants' judgments allow school districts to ignore their own failures--ultimately hurting minority students and perpetuating racism.
That is just one example. Drawing on his years in investigative journalism, Rosiak did a deep dive into school files, financial records, and parents' stories. What he found is that nonprofit influence has crept into the educational bureaucracy all over America. Corrupt school boards and quack diversity consultants abound. Teachers drawing government pay claim it's unsafe to return to in-person school, but double dip teaching in-person private classes. And amid all this focus on money and equity, academic standards are crumbling, which hurts American kids in ways we'll be suffering for decades.
Race to the Bottom is the first comprehensive expos of the way radical ideology and self-serving administrators are destroying academic quality in America's K-12 schools. Rigorous and deeply-researched, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of our kids.