Schools That Do Too Much: How Schools Waste Time and Money and What We Can All Do About It

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Schools That Do Too Much argues that American schools systematically misspend their two most precious resources: time and money. From class schedules that fragment students' time to budgets that sink money into dozens of activities-especially sports-that distract from learning, Kralovec shows us how schools over and over try to do too much and end up delivering too little by way of real teaching and learning.
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Overview

Schools That Do Too Much argues that American schools systematically misspend their two most precious resources: time and money. From class schedules that fragment students' time to budgets that sink money into dozens of activities-especially sports-that distract from learning, Kralovec shows us how schools over and over try to do too much and end up delivering too little by way of real teaching and learning.
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A thoroughgoing critique of how American schools operate: they start too early, they fragment the school day . . ., they focus too much time and energy on non-educational tasks like dental health and sports . . . The fundamental question about schools today, she writes, is not so much how to raise test scores but how to clarify, exactly, 'what we value most.' --New York Times

"Kralovec asks a simple question, but one with complex and profound implications . . . [She] is no back-to-basics ideologue . . . but she does care about learning . . . Kralovec's succinct work should set the tone for conversations that administrators, school boards and politicians need to be having across the nation." --Publishers Weekly

"Without bashing administrators and teachers, Kralovec . . . demonstrates that schools end up doing too little of what matters." --Library Journal

"Kralovec assumes the gadfly role again by insisting that schools scale back or even eliminate activities that aren't central to their educational mission." --Teacher Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807032510
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 1/5/2004
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of the acclaimed and controversial The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, Etta Kralovec was a teacher and professor of education for more than twenty years. She is currently vice president for learning with Training and Development Corporation in Maine. She lives in Orland, Maine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I.
1. The Fractured School Day: Competing Interests, Competing Priorities 15
2. Who Could Be against Dental Health?: Defining the Mission of Schooling 35
3. Counting Costs: The Trap of Incremental Budgeting 47
4. The Sporting Life in Schools 67
II.
5. Zero-Based Budgeting: Tool for Reform 83
6. Restructuring Time, Restructuring Schools: Recommendations for Unburdening Schools 102
7. The Classroom as Sacred Space 119
Notes 127
Suggested Readings 133
Acknowledgments 137
Index 139
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