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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a year of crisscrossing the country and observing the institutions that are producing the next generation's teachers, Kramer ( Maria Montessori ) concludes: ``Our schools of education are appalling.'' This indictment, hardly surprising to anyone who has experienced the gap between teacher certification requirements and the reality of the school room, is supported by the author's log of her visits to classrooms in private and public colleges and universities, among them State University of New York's Teachers College, Peabody College in Tennessee and Michigan State University. Often, knowledge as a value in itself and the mastery of subject matter as teacher goals are downplayed in favor of a leveling, therapeutic approach to one's students. A politicized and homogenized agenda is followed by prospective teachers, whose own educational backgrounds may be sparse. Kramer's tough-minded, much-needed critique is accompanied by constructive suggestions that offer grounds for optimism. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In seeking reasons for the dismal state of contemporary education in the United States, Kramer ( At a Tender Age , LJ 5/15/88) focuses on teacher training. During the 1988-89 school year, she visited 14 schools of education in New York, Tennessee, Michigan, Southern California, Washington, and Texas, observing classes and interviewing students and professors. In this account, she concludes that most students are idealistic and eager, but are being misguided. She found students woefully ignorant of subject matter, while sometimes lacking in communication skills. Kramer maintains that new students are forced to abandon the instruction of information and knowledge in favor of theories in developing pupil self-esteem, indiscriminate passing, and reforming society. This will certainly be a controversial book. It presents a critical viewpoint and should be required reading for all school administrators, professors of education, prospective teachers, and concerned parents.-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, California State Univ., San Jose
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780029176429
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Pages: 250

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