Sacred Trust: A Children?s Education Bill of Rights [NOOK Book]

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Peter Cookson asserts that all children have the right to an excellent education, and provides steps for creating an action plan that will lead to equitable schools.
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Sacred Trust: A Children?s Education Bill of Rights

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Overview

Peter Cookson asserts that all children have the right to an excellent education, and provides steps for creating an action plan that will lead to equitable schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452238388
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 633 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Cookson’s knowledge of schools and children’s learning needs comes from a lifetime of teaching, researching, and working to improve the quality of education for all children. His first job after college was as a case worker for the New York City Department of Social Services. His days were spent visiting the homes of the city’s most disadvantaged citizens. It is to these families, especially the children, that he owes a life’s commitment to the cause of educational justice.

Peter went on to teach social studies at a large rural public school and history and Latin at a private day school. He returned to NYU to receive a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education and continued on with a postgraduate certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. from the Yale Divinity School.

He has taught and held leadership positions at several leading colleges and universities, including Teachers College, Columbia University, where he currently teaches the Sociology of Urban Education. He also currently works with schools around the country as the founder of a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm, Ideas without Borders.

Throughout his career he has written, lectured, debated, and researched extensively on the democratic importance of equality of educational opportunity, 21st century learning, and educational innovation. Some of his works include Preparing for Power: America’s Elite Boarding Schools, co-authored with Caroline Hodges Persell (1985); School Choice and the Struggle for the Soul of American Education (1994); Expect Miracles: Charter Schools and the Politics of Hope and Despair, co-authored with Kristina Berger (2002); and his latest book, Sacred Trust: A Children’s Education Bill of Rights (2011). He is completing another book to be published in 2012, The Great Unequalizer: Class and American Education.

Peter’s wife, Susan, worked for many years as a family therapist and is now a professional artist. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Introduction: A Measure of Our Soul
Chapter One: The Power of People and the Purpose of Public Education
All Children Dream
Educationally Experimenting on the Poor
Madison was Right: A New Policy Framework
Turning Dreams into Reality
The Obtainable Utopia
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Chapter Two: The Right to a Safe, Healthy, World-Class Pubic School
Right Number 1: The right to a neighborhood public school or a public school of choice that is funded for excellence
The Great Unequalizer
Getting to the Real Issues
Money---Spent Wisely---Does Matter
Reclaiming Horace's Dream
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Right Number 2: The right to physical and emotional health and safety
Do No Harm: The First Obligation
Basic Justice Requires Basic Care
Health and Social Health
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Readings
Chapter Three: The Cultural and Individual Rights of Students
Right Number 3: The right to have his or her heritage, background, and religious differences honored, incorporated in study, and celebrated in the culture of the school
Unity Within Diversity
The Open Mind and the Open Society
The Empathic Civilization
The Classroom Is the World
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Right Number 4: The right to develop learning styles and strategies to the greatest extent possible
Doubt and Its Virtues
The Mismatch Between Research and Practice
Maximizing Children's Talent Through Individualization
Inquiry as a Way of Life
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Chapter Four: The Right to High Quality Instruction and School Leadership
Right Number 5: The right to an excellent and dedicated teacher
Why Don't We Ask the Teachers?
Elevating Teaching
Practical Idealism Works
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Right Number 6: The right to a school leader with vision and educational expertise
Leadership for 21st-Century Schools
National Educational Leadership
A School Without Vision Is Lost
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Chapter Five: The Right to World-Class 21st-Century Curriculum and Technology
Right Number 7: The right to a curriculum based on relevance, depth, and flexibility
Boredom--The Lucky Two Percent
Virtual Socrates
Eradicating Boredom
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Right Number 8: The right of access to the most powerful educational technologies
Learning in the Electronic Era
Why a Right to 21st-Century Communication Technologies?
Technology, Technopoly, and Cyber Sanity
What Would Socrates Say?
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Chapter Six: The Right to Equality of Educational Opportunity
Right Number 9: The right to fair, relevant, and learner-based evaluations
In the Belly of the Beast
Why a Right to Fair Evaluation?
The Einstein Factor, the Picasso Possibility, and the Sanctity of Natural Genius
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Right Number 10: The right to complete high school
The Tragic Consequences of Educational Neglect
Why a Right to Graduate?
What Would the Founders Say?
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Chapter Seven: The Right to Good Government
21st-Century Government and a "Sense of the People"
A New Department of Education---A National "Seminary of Learning"
Organizing for Learning
The Dream Recaptured
Book Study Questions
Possible Action Steps
Suggested Further Reading
Resource 1: The Historic Issue of Equity and Excellence
Resource 2: The Virginia Declaration of Rights
Resource 3: Education and the Peace Dividend
Resource 4: Principles of Multicultural Education
References
Index
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