I’ve made rather frequent mention of Rick Hess’s new book on the uneasy history of school reform: The Same Thing Over and Over. In his Education Week blog today he describes how different constituencies have received this and earlier works. The bottom line: policy wonks mostly like him; education professors mostly don’t.
Here’s a link to his blog post, which – as even he admits – includes more than a little horn-tooting. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2011/05/nothing_absolutely_nothing_to_see_here_folks.html?cmp=ENL-EU-VIEWS2
Hess also refers to a critical review of his book by University of Virginia education professor James Kauffman in the Teachers College Record. Unfortunately, you need a subscription to pull up this review (I just tried.) I also tried to find another critical review, and couldn’t – but since some of our commentators obviously disagree with what he has to say, why don’t you write your own review? I will happily post it.
Here’s another review of the same book, admittedly positive.
And here’s a pretty good summary of Hess’s book, as well as another largely favorable review.