A number of years ago, when I was beginning my research in education reform I found a trusted voice. Susan Ohanian’s website has been a ready source for commentary on education and she has been a stalwart supporter of public education. Her book Why is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools, written with Kathy Emery in 2004, is a must read for anyone trying to understand how corporate reformers were able to highjack education policy in the U.S. She’s written numerous other books, articles, and commentaries in support of teachers, students, and parents. In 2003 she was awarded the NCTE Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language her contribution to public discourse about education policy.
Susan Ohanian generously agreed to provide a pre-publication review of my book The Origins of the Common Core: How the Free Market Became Public Education Policy. I was delighted to read the following on the Palgrave Macmillan website:
“Deborah Owens offers a detailed probe of the corporate-political alliances that cross party lines to push radical ventures traveling as education reform. She provides a needed history of what is really behind the Common Core, the curriculum and testing it requires, and why anyone who supports the survival of local public schools should care.” – Susan Ohanian, Fellow, National Education Policy Center
Susan Ohanian’s endorsement of my book means a great deal to me.