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Why Education Reform is Killing America’s Schools

by David Ellison

Bloodletting is an uncompromising, provocative exposé about education reform in the United States. In Bloodletting, David Ellison provides an evidenced-based overview of the on-going fiasco of American education, using cogent, accessible language, often citing his own poignant and too-often heart-wrenching personal experience. Bloodletting is a bold treatise from a 30-year veteran educator and a passionate writer.


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“ David Ellison has his hand on the fading pulse of American education. His exposé on the various false fixes of school reform–including vouchers, charters, standardized testing, and even the current Common Core Standards–leaves the reader sharing both his outrage as well as his ‘stubborn hope that America and it’s schools will be great again.’ This is a must-read for teachers, parents, law makers… anyone who claims to care about this country’s schools and the children who too often fail to thrive in them. ”

Jay Davidson

author of Teach Your Children Well: A Teacher’s Advice for Parents


“ If you are sick and tired of smug corporate leaders from rich suburbs who assume that educators working with poor black and Latino kids are stupid and insist that the profound inequalities of families and communities in the world’s most unequal advanced society are irrelevant and that the schools can be fixed without more resources by even more harsh tests, sanctions, and attacks on teachers, this could be the book for you. It is a fierce assault on the agenda of the “billionaires” and the Bush and Obama administrations from an impassioned teacher who has had too much and wants sweeping changes. ”

Gary Orfield

Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA


“ A veteran teacher schools us on the dangerous course of our present educational reforms. A must read.

Veteran teacher David Ellison has clearly and concisely identified the myriad problems with today’s school reform in America in his new book titled Bloodletting: Why Education Reform Is Killng America’s Schools. He discusses the issues that have led to our current state of despair, outlining specific reasons these most recent reforms are damaging our schools, and provides clear, but difficult, solutions. He calls out various government and big business officials for their attempts to use market-based reforms and explains why these are all steps in the wrong direction using the analogy of the primitive and dangerous medical practice of bloodletting... (Read More) ”


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“ Great for all parents to know! ”

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About David :

During his thirty-year career, David Ellison has been a teacher, mentor teacher, school administrator, and education columnist. For five years he co-taught the Social Studies Methods course for prospective teachers at California State University, East Bay. He served as the New Haven Unified and the American Council of School Administrators Region VI Teach of the Year in 1996. Ellison currently instructs high school history and Spanish in Union City, California.