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

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Overview

"Captures the breadth, depth, and urgency of education reform.... I recommend it to other policy makers, whether they be in the midst of reform or contemplating it."
Bill Clinton

"Brown imaginatively and uniquely connects rich portraits of classrooms with a vision of how public policy can encourage thoughtfulness in our schools."
Theodore R. Sizer, chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools, Brown University

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 the Brakes.

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 of Education.

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