Political Will and Improving Public Schools: Seven Reflections for Americans to Consider

Political Will and Improving Public Schools: Seven Reflections for Americans to Consider

by Daniel Heller
     
 

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The essays in this book deal with situations or issues in public education which we need to address. While some of these situations seem clear and almost obvious, making the necessary changes and admitting the truth to ourselves is not necessarily going to happen easily.
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The essays in this book deal with situations or issues in public education which we need to address. While some of these situations seem clear and almost obvious, making the necessary changes and admitting the truth to ourselves is not necessarily going to happen easily.

Editorial Reviews

Pam Bullock
What do woodstoves and ancient Eastern philosophy have to do with public schools and with treating our educational system’s weaknesses? Political Will and Improving Public Schools: Seven Reflections for Americans to Consider is a provocative critique and insightful assessment of the entirety of our current public school system, but also provides such practical and commonsense remedies that one has to ask why these have not already been fully administered.While Heller calls us all out of our comfort zones, the suggestions for real public school reform are not so far-fetched as to be the delusions of a dreamer, but are instead practical and feasible and certainly within the scope of the achievable. If you are despairing about the state of education, this book might just give you hope for a cure.
Alexander D. Platt
In a refreshing counterpoint to the emphasis on technical leadership focused on skill learning, Heller resets the importance of leading for compassion. Drawing on diverse references from Lao Tzu poetry to brain research to public policy he provides a tool kit of culture building strategies to deal with topics ranging from dropouts to teacher induction.
Walter E. Cramer
These essays serve as a great tool for principals, teachers and, quite frankly, anyone working in public education today. Dan Heller brings his compassionate approach to educational leadership to reflect on some of the most important issues facing public education today. It has been thirty years since the American Association for Higher Education started calling for the creation of a network of teaching professionals about forming alliances between high schools and colleges yet today we still struggle with collaboration in general and specifically in helping create alternatives for students who struggle in high school to find an alternative path to success. Dan offers a framework as well as specific ideas that work to achieve this collaboration and help these students.

This book should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in helping push public education beyond its self-induced limitations and speak to the importance of creating real options for our students to succeed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475805482
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
120
File size:
1 MB

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