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ChoiceStuckart (Wagner College) and Glanz (Yeshiva Univ.) advocate for a return to John Dewey's philosophy of education, especially as related to the complexity of addressing the needs of the whole child in the context of current contemporary issues in education today. Dewey advocated education for the whole child that treated teaching and learning as ethical practices necessary to a democratic society. Stuckart and Glanz are particularly concerned this broader focus on the role of education is being replaced by a narrow focus on testing. Many of the issues the authors discuss refer to the negative consequences of practices associated with No Child Left Behind. Specifically, Stuckart and Glanz assert that the focus on high-stakes testing has led to the negative consequences tied to the narrowing of the public school curriculum in the US. For example, key skills for the 21st century—effective collaboration, communication, and critical problem-solving skills—are neglected aspects of this curriculum. Finally, the book is an excellent overview and response to the popular accountability movements today. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above.
— July 2011