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The Manufactured Crisis
August 1996
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The Manufactured Crisis

Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools
David C. Berliner
Bruce J. Biddle

"The Manufactured Crisis" debunks the myths that test scores in America's schools are falling, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit. It shares the good news about public education.

Disputing conventional wisdom, this book ignited debate in Newsweek, The New York Times, and the entire teaching profession. Winner of the American Educational Research Association book award, "The Manufactured Crisis" is the best source of facts and analysis for people who care about what's really happening in our schools.


David Berliner is a Regents' Professor Emeritus in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in the division of educational leadership and policy studies. Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, technical reports and book chapters.

Praise for this book

"The Manufactured Crisis" offers a welcome critique of the neo-conservative agenda — privitization, national testing, gifted programs and work intensification. Berliner and Biddle forcefully document the social problems facing our schools from economic stagnation to poverty — and provide a useful copendium of alternative reform strategies. 

The Washington Post Book World

A well-documented defense of public education that can deflate the critics and alter the view of many Americans who consider our schools a national disgrace. 

The Arizona Republic