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Posted September 21, 2006
In the movie Inherit the Wind, the story of Golden Dancer is related to the audience. Golden Dancer was a beautiful and expensive wooden rocking horse that a family bought for its child after saving for it. The first time the child rode the horse, it collapsed as the wood was rotten to the core so, is the DuFour premise as found on page 37. His conclusion that all students can achieve at the same level (learn specified topics) is asinine. He argues that all that is needed for struggling students is more time and support. He refuses to take into account intelligence and student effort (responsibility) in his equation. If his premise has any chance of coming true, teachers will have to dumb down what they teach to the lowest common denominator. Additionally, he and his colleagues lump all 'traditional schools' into the same problem heap. His approach is simplistic and insulting. I would give this book zero stars, but that is not an option.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2005
As a new Teacher of today's youth in NYC in a middle school, I am always looking for resources to guarantee that my students are learning, that is, until I read Getting Started. I've always known there had to be another way, a better way. I always knew that this isolation I work in does not translate to maximizing my students potential. When my principal introduced me to Getting Started, he had some ideas that it would be a gift that keeps on giving, but I don't think he was even aware of the extent of his gesture. Getting Started is a Blueprint for success. Recently i suggested that all the monies NYC and all the other states involved, received from the tobacco settlement should be given to these Trailblazers (and all those involved in On Common Ground)to spend quality time in each state putting us on the right track then letting us fly. They have the techniques, and did they share it with us? They most definately did. It behoves every educator to own a copy of this book. I wish I had the financial resources to give one to every educator I meet, but i don't so I strongly advise each and every one I meet to invest in this because it is investing in their future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2009
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