Letters to a Serious Education President / Edition 2

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Overview

In this new book, Seymour B. Sarason's pivotal point is: We must teach children, not subject matter. To do so, we must start with "what and where children are." This "simple but big idea" is the foundation of any future improvement in education. Using letters to the first president of the 21st century, Sarason distills the wisdom and insights gained from his long career. The letters are direct, candid, often humorous, and filled with concrete recommendations. They force us to distinguish between issues that are central and those that are secondary, or irrelevant. Letters to a SERIOUS Education President offers an unusual perspective on what seem to be the unsolvable education problems of our time. Topics covered in this quick-reading yet powerful volume include a national education agenda that starts with "what and where children are", the need for both repair and prevention in education; how classrooms extinguish curiosity, radical but necessary changes in preparation programs for educators; downsizing of middle and high schools, a critique of school vouchers; dropping out as a response to an uncaring school culture - and more. This book gives voice to the concerns, frustrations, and hopes of educators everywhere. Sarason passionately believes that children, teachers, administrators, parents - all are capable of doing more and doing better. His new book shows us previously unexplored options that make such changes possible. Readers will find a format that enlightens, stimulates, and rewards them, regardless of where they stand in relation to school reform.
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Editorial Reviews

Patrick H. DeLeon
"A brilliantly written treatise ... Professor Sarason provides a most insightful glimpse into the inner workings of the political/public ploicy process, skillfully reflecting the quiet musings of a master observer."
September 2006 PsycCRITIQUES
"This is a book that makes you want to think, compels you to examine the questions raised, and forces you to look around and take stock and decide if what we have is what you want."
September 2006 Psyc CRITIQUES
"This is a book that makes you want to think, compels you to examine the questions raised, and forces you to look around and take stock and decide if what we have is what you want. "
Pedro Noguera
"Letters to a Serious Education President provides sound advice for what it would take to provide all students in the United States with a high quality education. There is wisdom and profound insights about how to improve public education in these letters, and of course, Sarason offers lots of common sense. "
Theodore Creighton
"Sarason is a master of the use of cases and stories ... what comes out is his voice, emotion, commitment, and desire to make a difference. "
Rhona Weinstein
"Letters to a Serious Education President underscores the brilliance of Sarason's observations about what is and continues to be missing in how we conceptualize and hence implement schooling in our society... Indeed, Sarason is calling for a different education - one that enlives the curiosity and lifelong learning of all children and their teachers. "
Patrick H. De Leon
"A brilliantly written treatise ... Professor Sarason provides a most insightful glimpse into the inner workings of the political/public ploicy process, skillfully reflecting the quiet musings of a master observer. "
Ann Lieberman
"Seymour Sarason has graced us with a jewel of a book that includes the central themes in his lifetime of teaching and writing. "
Keith Geiger
"The timing of this book could not be more fortuitous; the challenge could not be better framed; and the need to learn how to educate our children - all children - could not be more urgent. Policymakers, take heed. "
Cary Cherniss
"After decades of thought and study, Seymour Sarason has uncovered the most critical barriers to meaningful educational reform. In this book, he uses a novel device - letters to the President of the United States - to describe what it takes for reform to make a real difference where it matters most - in the typical classroom. Let's hope that not only the current President will read this book, but also all who are affected by and care about our schools. "
Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"This is a book that makes you want to think, compels you to examine the questions raised, and forces you to look around and take stock and decide if what we have is what you want. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926508
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour B. Sarason is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale University. During his distinguished 48-year career, he has been one of the most astute observers and incisive critics of efforts to reform our schools. Among his more than 30 published books are The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform (1990), Schooling in America: Scapegoat or Salvation (1983), and The Culture of School and the Problem of Change (2nd ed., 1982).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Andy Hargreaves
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction to the Second Edition
The Letters

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