Schools of Thought: How the Politics of Literacy Shape Thinking in the Classroom / Edition 1

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Brown's in-depth examination of how policy reform translates into change classroom practices not only shows us what is working and what isn't, it also explains why. The classroom scenes are alive with the struggle to develop thinking skills in a system that gives us only what we ask for.

As a result of his visits to classrooms across the nation, Brown has compiled an engaging, thought-provoking collection of classroom vignettes which show the ways in which national, state, and local school politics translate into changed classroom practices. "Captures the breadth, depth, and urgency of education reform."--Bill Clinton.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Brown (senior policy analyst for the Education Commission of the States) argues that the educational reform movement needs to go beyond the so-called minimum competency schemata and the quantitative changes in requirements for a high school diploma. He calls for more emphasis on critical thinking skills and problem-solving, judicial exercise of judgment in analyzing data, effective communication, and the de facto education of the disadvantaged and minorities. Unfortunately, Brown's broad definition of literacy and the results of his case studies have essentially been stated elsewhere, and he offers little new insight into the reform movement; also, he neglects to mention that without parent reform there will be no school reform. Marvin Cetron and Margaret Gayle's Educational Renaissance ( LJ 12/90) remains the benchmark for educational reform books, while John Godar's Teacher's Talk provides a more personal glimpse at the people who can implement the strategies ( LJ 1/91). See also Edward Pauly's The Classroom Crucible: What Really Works, What Doesn't and Why, reviewed below.--Ed.-- Scott Johnson, Meridian Commu nity Coll. Lib., Miss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425586
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/1993
  • Series: Education-Higher Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

REXFORD G. BROWN is a senior fellow at the Education Commission of the States. He is the director of a five-year, million-dollar project, Policy and Higher Literacies, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He has taught high school, college, and adult education.

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Table of Contents

1. Back to Basics in the Rural South.

2. Hand-Me-Down Literacy.

3. Language and Culture on the Reservation.

4. An Urban District: One Foot on the Gas, the Other on theBrakes.

5. The Politics of Literacy.

6. When Teachers Talk.

7. A Higher Literacy in Toronto.

8. Cultivating a Literacy of Thoughtfulness.

Guidelines for Program Review from the Ontario Ministry ofEducation.

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