Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living / Edition 1

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The internationally acclaimed children’s book writer and educator offers her insights into the learning process, language education, and the pleasure, growth, and power that reading and writing can bring.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With lighthearted anecdotes, poems, letters, and other writings, the renowned Australian children's book author entices teachers to do more writing themselves and rejects the ``skills-and-drills'' mentality in language arts teaching. Fox, an advocate of the ``whole language'' movement, fiercely condemns the use of basal readers in reading instruction classes. Their dullness, she maintains, causes students to avoid reading altogether. Fox recommends instead that real books be read and real language used. She advocates stories that bring teacher and student together in a relationship to experience genuine feeling, laughter, and fun. A superb writer, she constructs an excellent case, and surely any child would like to be a member of her reading/writing class. Her ideas are jotted down in a rather disorganized fashion, but her writing is fresh. For most public and academic libraries.-- Arla Lindgren, St. John's Univ., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156079471
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 843,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
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Table of Contents

1 Notes from the Battlefield: Toward a Theory of Why People Write 1
2 There's a Coffin in My Office 23
3 The Paths of Story Lead But to the Graves 35
4 A Fox in Possum's Clothing: The Teacher Disguised as Writer in Hot Pursuit of Literacy 42
5 Lessons from a Home 57
6 "Halt! Who Goes There?" A Dialogue about Language Arts 71
7 Flashing Screens or Turning Pages? Winning the War between Books and Television 97
8 Conveying the Inexplicit: The Problem of Teaching What Can't Be Taught 105
9 The Story Fights Back 119
10 Once upon a Time There Were Three... 135
11 Men Who Weep, Boys Who Dance: The Gender Agenda between the Lines in Children's Literature 151
Concluding Ideals 162
Selected Bibliography 167
Books by Mem Fox 171
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