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The Robot Factory

Pseudoscience in Education and Its Threat to American Democracy

Authors: Ganem, Joseph

  • Takes a definitive stand in the debate on education reform
  • Criticizes data-driven education policy initiatives
  • Exposes how politicians, education reformers, corporations, and the media propose that students study and manipulate science, to advance their own self-serving agendas
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About this book

This book exposes a disturbing misuse of the scientific method to advance policies and agendas that are in fact detrimental to both science and education. The author, a physics professor, examines two related trends in education – the practice of “data-driven” reform and the disparaging of the traditional liberal arts in favor of programs with a heavy emphasis on science and technology. Many of the reforms being foisted on educators have more in common with pseudo-science than real science. The reduction of education to a commodity, and the shilling of science as a means to enhance corporate profits, lead to an impoverished and stunted understanding of science in particular, and of education in general.

How is it possible for: • schools with all students learning at grade-level to be rated as failing?• teachers to be rated as ineffective after all their students meet their learning outcomes?• rising grade-school math standards to result in more college students needing remedial math?• politicians to disparage scientists and their results but argue that more students should study science?
These bizarre outcomes have happened and are the result of an education system that misuses and misrepresents math and science in the classroom and in crafting education policies. This book exposes the flawed and fallacious thinking that is damaging education at all levels throughout the United States, and makes a compelling case for rethinking the standardized, optimized, and quantified approaches in vogue in education today to accommodate the different needs of individual teachers and students.

About the authors

Joseph Ganem is a Professor and Chair of Physics, Loyola University Maryland.

He is an author of numerous scientific papers in the fields of laser development and magnetic resonance, and has received grants from Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Fund, and the National Science Foundation for his research on solid-state laser materials.

Prof. Ganem has served on the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education. He speaks and writes frequently on consumer and education issues, and has had articles on these topics published in The Baltimore Sun newspaper and The Daily Riff (an online publication on education).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • What Science Is and Is Not

    Ganem, Joseph

    Pages 3-13

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  • Data-Driven Education Reform: A New Pseudoscience

    Ganem, Joseph

    Pages 15-43

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  • The Complexity Myth: The Opposite of Science

    Ganem, Joseph

    Pages 45-65

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  • Why Our Kids Don’t Get Math

    Ganem, Joseph

    Pages 69-90

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  • Misunderstanding Science Education

    Ganem, Joseph

    Pages 91-126

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Buy this book

eBook 29,74 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77860-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 36,91 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77859-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Robot Factory
Book Subtitle
Pseudoscience in Education and Its Threat to American Democracy
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77860-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77860-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-77859-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 255
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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