One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards / Edition 1

One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards / Edition 1

by Susan Ohanian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325001588

ISBN-13: 9780325001586

Pub. Date: 03/30/1999

Publisher: Heinemann

One Size Fits Few is a sharp, pointed pin with which to deflate the overblown pro-Standards movement. In her hilarious, unsparing, and often touching narrative, Susan Ohanian-a teacher, author, and frequent contributor to the Atlantic, Education Week, and other publications-recounts her quest to make sense of the Standards movement.

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One Size Fits Few is a sharp, pointed pin with which to deflate the overblown pro-Standards movement. In her hilarious, unsparing, and often touching narrative, Susan Ohanian-a teacher, author, and frequent contributor to the Atlantic, Education Week, and other publications-recounts her quest to make sense of the Standards movement.

"Making sense" is no small feat, as we see when Ohanian muses on school districts withholding diplomas from students who fail to demonstrate "necessary knowledge" of topics such as covalent bonds, the Edict of Nantes, La Cucaracha, and the Slough of Despond.

Balance is even more elusive in the media, as is evident when Ohanian drafts an op-ed piece on Goals 2000 for USA Today. When her editor repeatedly finds the real-life students she portrays "too unique," too urban, too nonstandard, she realizes that all he wants to know is "how the kids in Grosse Pointe measure up against the kids in Larchmont or Palo Alto, and how both compare to the Japanese."

Ironically, even in Japan, Ohanian finds gross denial: When she asks "What happens when a child fails to keep up with his peers?," she is reassured that this never happens. Yet no one can explain how the McDonald's clerk fits into the Japanese educational/social system.

Underlying the irony is a call to action. "It is my moral duty to offer a counterargument to people who would try to streamline, sanitize, and standardize education" says Ohanian. "When we get down to the realities of the classroom . . . the antics of Standardistos are no longer funny . . . what we need to do is fight back."


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325001586
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
03/30/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
154
Sales rank:
1,287,064
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

I. What's Wrong with Standards

Whose Standards These Are, I Think I Know

Standard Timetables for Nonstandard Kids

Standard Fare: The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Ignored

With Liberty and Standards for All: Looking at Standards Around the Country

The Baseball/Medical Metaphors That Rule and Ruin Education

Californication

It's the Economy, Stupid

Fighting Back

Counting on Kids and Their Teachers

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