The headline is right. Tom Ultican, scourge of the Destroy Public Education Movement, loved Andrea Gabor’s new book After the Education Wars.

We often speak of the misguided, arrogant Corporate Reform movement as an effort to impose market thinking on public schools. It’s allegedly “all about the kids,” but its premise is that experienced teachers stink and public schools are failing and must be replaced by private management, no matter how mean they are to the kids and no matter how harsh they are to teachers, who come and go with frequency.

But Andrea Gabor is a professor of business journalism, and she says that this approach is wrong!

He writes:

Andrea Gabor has written another outstanding book. This latest is titled ‘After the Education Wars’. In it, she makes a radical departure from the top-down models of education reform that have dominated the last two decades. Gabor, a Bloomberg chair of business journalism, has applied her expertise toward analyzing modern education policy. Through five case studies she convincingly argues that business leaders brought the wrong lessons to education when they imposed Fredrick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management and shunned William Edwards Deming’s continuous improvement.

Bottom line: the people imposing ideas from corporate America have learned all the wrong lessons.

As I have written before, I think Gabor’s chapter on New Orleans is the best narrative I have read about that sad district, where the Reformers finally wiped out the last public school.