Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business

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Overview

What is the purpose of education? What kind of people do we want our children to grow up to be? How can we design schools so that students will acquire the skills they'll need to live fulfilled and productive lives? These are just a few of the questions that renowned educator Dennis Littky explores in The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business. The schools Littky has created and led over the past 35 years are models for reformers everywhere: small, public schools where the curriculum is rich and meaningful, expectations are high, progress is measured against real-world standards, and families and communities are actively engaged in the educational process. Here, you'll find a moving account of just what is possible in education, with many of the examples drawn from the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center ("The Met") in Providence, Rhode Island - a diverse public high school with the highest rates of attendance and college acceptance in the state. The Met exemplifies personalized learning, one student at a time. The Big Picture is a book to reenergize educators, inspire teachers in training, and start a new conversation about kids and schools, what we want for both, and how to make it happen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871209719
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 320,782
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Being Bold vii
Preface xiii
1 The Real Goals of Education 1
2 Kids, Schools, and the Bigger Picture 19
3 Atmosphere and School Culture 43
4 One Student at a Time 73
5 Learning Through Interests and Pursuing Passions 95
6 Real Work in the Real World 111
7 Giving Families Back Their Power 135
8 Measuring What Matters in a Way That Matters 153
8 1/2 Standards and How Testing Has Nothing to Do with Them 171
9 Make It Happen 183
Notes 202
From Dennis's Bookshelf 209
Acknowledgments 217
Index 223
About the Authors 229
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