Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School

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First published in 1984, this best-selling classic is Theodore Sizer's eloquent call to arms for school reform. In a new preface, Sizer addresses the encouraging movements afoot today for better schools, smaller classes, and fully educated students. Yet, while much has changed for the better in the classroom, much remains the same: rushed classes, mindless tests, overworked teachers. Sizer's insistence that we do more than just compromise for our children's educational futures resonates just as strongly today as ...

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Overview

First published in 1984, this best-selling classic is Theodore Sizer's eloquent call to arms for school reform. In a new preface, Sizer addresses the encouraging movements afoot today for better schools, smaller classes, and fully educated students. Yet, while much has changed for the better in the classroom, much remains the same: rushed classes, mindless tests, overworked teachers. Sizer's insistence that we do more than just compromise for our children's educational futures resonates just as strongly today as it did two decades ago.

"In addition to its roaming-the-halls insights, this book offers (a) far-reaching blueprint for change."---Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618516063
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 406,690
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Theordore R. Sizer, University Professor Emeritus at Brown Universtiy, is the chairman of the coalition of Essential Schools. He lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : Horace's compromise 9
I The students 23
1 Five adolescents 25
2 Diversity 35
3 Commonality 40
4 Docility 53
5 Incentives 59
II The program 69
1 What high school is 71
2 Purpose : mind and character 84
3 Skills : the importance of coaching 99
4 Knowledge : less is more 109
5 Understanding : the importance of questions 116
6 Character : decency 120
7 Principals' questions 131
III The teachers 141
1 Three teachers 143
2 Agreement 154
3 Motivation 161
4 Conditions 172
5 Teachers 180
6 Trust 195
IV The structure 203
1 Hierarchical bureaucracy 205
2 Better schools 214
3 A paralysis of imagination 218
Afterword : an experiment for Horace 222
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