Gerald Bracey has both a bachelor's and a doctorate in psychology. He has held positions at universities, state departments of education, local school disitricts and private organizations.
Currently about half of his time is spent as an independent researcher and writer. The rest is split as an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, George Mason University, an Associate at the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, and a Fellow with the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.
In 1991, Bracey wrote an article, "Why Can't They Be Like We Were?" Appearing in the October 1991 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, this article is now treated as the "First Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education" and debunked the notion that schools were better in the past than they are today. The twelfth Bracey Report appeared in the October 2002 issue of Kappan. Since 1984, Bracey has also written a column, "Research" for that publication. It culls articles from the research literature that might be of interest to Kappan readers.
Bracey's latest book is What You Need To Know About the War Against America's Public Schools (Allyn & Bacon, 2003). A revised edition of Put to the Test: An Educator's and Consumer's Guide to Standardized Testing appeared in 2002 (Phi Delta Kappa International). A revised version of Understanding Education Statistics: It's Easier (and More Important) than You Think will be published by Educational Research Service in mid-2003.
A collection of essays and a revised version of Setting the Record Straight: Responses to Misconceptions About American Public Education will be published by Heinemann in late 2003 or early 2004. The latter is intended as the definitive compendium of data bearing on the performance of American public schools.
Bracey maintains a website: the Educational Disinformation Detection and Reporting Agency (www.america-tomorrow.com/bracey).
He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife. Two children and three grandchildren live nearby.
© 1999-2003 Gerald Bracey
Last updated January 7, 2003
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