Class Warfare, by Steven Brill

By , August 20, 2011

I’m very interested in the school-reform movement, so I’ve been debating whether to buy Steven Brill’s new book, Class Warfare.

Unfortunately, the early reviews aren’t encouraging. They report that the book is a mish-mash, starting with adoring interviews of school-reform advocates, but ending with doubts and uncertainty about those same reforms.

According to these reviews, Brill started with a strong bias (anti-union, pro-reform) but gradually learned that the issues facing public education are much more complex, and that nobody really seems to know how to improve public education.

I’ve decided not to pay $15 for this book.

Some early reviews:

Disclosure: From 1987-1990, I co-authored a syndicated column which appeared in legal newspapers, including all of the newspapers owned by Brill’s American Lawyer Media Group; Brill’s newspapers were my most significant source of income for those three years.

Related book reviews by Mark Welch:

Disclaimer: The book links to Amazon.com are affiliate links (paid advertising).

One Response to “Class Warfare, by Steven Brill”

  1. Mark says:

    I’d missed this August 1 CSPAN interview, in which Diane Ravitch interviews Steven Brill. Fascinating.

    http://c-spanvideo.org/program/StevenB

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