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In the midst of the continuing controversy over the right ways to bring change to American schools, Peter Temes’s book is a firebell in the night. In Against School Reform Mr. Temes sets out a straightforward prescription for our schools which centers on the life of the individual teacher and rejects the billion-dollar school reform industry. He argues that enormous monies and millions of hours of effort have gone into reforming American schools in the past ten years, and we have precious little to show for it. As we enter a critical period in American history—a growing population, an uncompromising demand for well-educated workers, and the complexities of world politics impacting ordinary people every day—there is not more time or money to waste. In Mr. Temes’s view, great teachers are the secret to making better schools. Forget the macro issues of school reform, he advises, and focus on recruiting, retaining, and supporting the very best teachers. Teaching will once again become an elite profession, and school problems will go the way of the trolley car. Against School Reform digs deep into the qualities of great teaching, with stories from real schools and with practical advice for parents, teachers, and students who want to celebrate and support great teachers. It also takes a serious look at what our schools must do to recruit and reward the best teachers in the coming era of teacher shortages. Finally, the book celebrates the power of individual teachers to make a difference in their schools and communities, as forces for bottom-up change. More tests won’t fix our schools, Mr. Temes writes. Bigger, better ideas about education won't fix things either. But great teachers can fix our schools, one classroom at a time.
|1||The State of Our Schools, and the Big Lie of School Reform||13|
|2||Keeping It Real: Education and Dialogue||53|
|3||Making It New: Education as Experiment||83|
|4||Recruiting and Retaining the Right Teachers||107|
|5||Why Lasting Change Always Comes from the Bottom Up and the Inside Out||139|
|6||How to Make Change - Some Do's and Don'ts for Teachers, Administrators, and Parents||161|
Posted October 29, 2004
This book says what few others have - - that what's best about schools that work is the teachers. They need support, and protection from the school-reform racket. Lots of big ideas here, from Plato to Dewey, but the core is common sense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.