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Educational Foundations: An Anthology of Critical Readings provides an exciting alternative to foundations texts currently on the market. This anthology is aimed at students about to enter the teaching profession, those new to the profession, and anyone interested in carefully examining schools and schooling. Editors Alan S. Canestrari and Bruce A. Marlowe have collected two dozen provocative, engaging essays to challenge students, professors, and administrators with the following questions:
- Why teach?
- Who are today’s students?
- What makes a good teacher?
- How should we assess student learning?
- What does a good school look like?
- How does one develop a critical voice?
The chapter authors address these questions in a bold and refreshing way. Their views are unapologetically politicized, and are informed by decades of experience as teachers, principals, and policy-makers. The collection challenges readers to take a hard look at traditional education practice, and encourages students to become critical, reflective practitioners upon entering the field.
About the Editors
Part I. Why Teach?
1. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year - Esme Codell
2. The Green Monongahela - John Taylor Gatto
3. Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools - Jonathan Kozol
4. Horace's Compromise - Theodore Sizer
Part II. Who Are Today's Students?
5. What Should Teachers Do? Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction - Lisa Delpit
6. Racism, Discrimination, and Expectations of Students' Achievement - Sonia Nieto
7. Full Inclusion as Disclosing Tablet: Revealing the Flaws in Our Present System - Mara Sapon-Shevin
8. Making the Most of the Classroom Mosaic - Bruce Marlowe and Marilyn Page
Part III. What Makes a Good Teacher?
9. The Banking Concept of Education - Paulo Freire
10. On Stir-and-Serve Recipes for Teaching - Susan Ohanian
11. Psst . . . It Ain't About the Tests: It's Still About Great Teaching - Robert Di Giulio
12. So What Do You Do Now? - Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner
Part IV. What Do Good Schools Look Like?
13. The Paideia Proposal: Rediscovering the Essence of Education - Mortimer Adler
14. When Learning Matters: Using Learning Plans to Educate One Student at a Time - Elliot Washor
15. What to Look for in a Classroom - Alfie Kohn
16. The Idea of Summerhill - A. S. Neill
Part V. How Should We Assess Student Learning?
17. Grading: The Issue Is Not How But Why? - Alfie Kohn
18. The Courage to Be Constructivist - Martin Brooks and Jacqueline Grennon Brooks
19. The Standards Fraud - William Ayers
20. A Mania for Rubrics - Thomas Newkirk
Part VI. How Does One Develop a Critical Voice?
21. Teachers as Transformative Intellectuals - Henry Giroux
22. Resistance and Courage: A Conversation With Deborah Meier
23. Speaking in a Critical Voice - Marilyn Page
24. Developing a Critical Voice: A Conversation With Alfie Kohn
Posted November 22, 2009