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Beverlee Jobrack spent more than 25 years weathering the ups and downs, mergers and acquisitions of educational publishing, first with Merrill Publishing. She retired in 2008 as editorial director of SRA/McGraw-Hill. Before starting her career in publishing, she was a middle school English/Literature teacher. She lives in Centerburg, Ohio.
"Jobrack has used her considerable experience to clarify the complex and diverse issues surrounding educational-materials publishing, curriculum review and purchase, and classroom practices. She presents very complex processes in a readable, easy-to understand style. Discussing the common practices of qualified, well-meaning people from authors, editors, teachers, and materials review committees, Jobrack explains why the diverse requirements and expectations of these groups may in fact work against each other as they struggle toward the common goal---improved student learning and performance. This volume provides important insights for anyone interested in improving America's schools"---Ruth Cochrane, former publisher, SRA/McGraw-Hill

"Jobrack's book is a must-read for anyone interested in educational improvement and reform. Her analyses of the forces that shape textbook development focus much-needed attention on curriculum, the area of education many reformers and school critics choose to ignore as they seek targets---bad' teachers, lazy principals, teacher unions, etc.---to blame for failing students and schools. Content matters, and matters a great deal in student success. Jobrack provides evidence that, if they truly want better schools, reformers should be turning their attention away from who delivers instruction and toward the content of what is being delivered."---Fran Lehr, education consultant and writer

"Much of the current conversation on education reform centers on how Common Core national standards are supposed to drive improved student achievement through new curriculum materials. It would be good if the advocates of national standards knew a thing or two about how textbooks are made and what a leaky sieve they are for lofty standards, and much else. Tyranny of the Textbook is an indispensable insider's guide to how the publishing industry creates the single most important resource for what students will be taught in school and why that resource is badly flawed. I highly recommend the book."---Grover J. Russ Whitehurst, The Herman and George R. Brown Chair and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institute


ISBN 9781442211414
Genre EDUCATION / Curricula
Format Hardcover
Pages 242
Publisher Date 2011-12-22 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.16 lb
Language English
Subtitle An Insider Exposes How Educational Materials Undermine Reforms
Audience College/higher education
Authors Jobrack, Beverlee
Country of Origin United States

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