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The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and
     

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" / Edition 1

by Alfie Kohn
 

ISBN-10: 0395940397

ISBN-13: 9780395940396

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Are our schools in trouble because they have lowered their standards and strayed too far from the basics? Just the opposite: if American students are getting less than they deserve, it's due to simplistic demands to "raise the bar" and an aggressive nostalgia for traditional teaching.

Alfie Kohn turns the conventional wisdom about education on its head. In this

Overview

Are our schools in trouble because they have lowered their standards and strayed too far from the basics? Just the opposite: if American students are getting less than they deserve, it's due to simplistic demands to "raise the bar" and an aggressive nostalgia for traditional teaching.

Alfie Kohn turns the conventional wisdom about education on its head. In this landmark book, he shows how the "back to basics" philosophy of teaching treats children as passive receptacles into which forgettable facts are poured. Likewise, shrill calls for tougher standards are responsible for squeezing the intellectual life our of classrooms. Such politicized slogans reflect a lack of understanding about how and why kids learn, and they force teachers to spend time preparing students for standardized tests instead of helping them to become critical, creative thinkers.

Kohn has an ambitious yet practical vision of what our children's classrooms could be like. Drawing on a remarkable body of research, he helps parents and others interested in education understand the need to move beyond a "bunch o' facts" model of teaching. Using stories from real classrooms, he offers surprising insights as he shows how this can be done.

The Schools Our Children Deserve presents a fresh perspective on today's headlines about education -- and on what our children will be asked to do in class tomorrow morning. It is a persuasive invitation to rethink our most basic assumptions about schooling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395940396
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Table of Contents

1Forward ... Into the Past1
Part 1Tougher Standards Versus Better Education
2Getting Motivation Wrong: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement25
3Getting Teaching and Learning Wrong: Traditional Education and Its Victims47
4Getting Evaluation Wrong: The Case Against Standardized Testing73
5Getting School Reform Wrong: The Arrogance of Top-Down Coercion93
6Getting Improvement Wrong: Confusing Harder with Better101
Part 2For the Love of Learning
7Starting from Scratch115
8Education at Its Best131
9Getting the 3 R's Right159
10The Way Out183
Appendix AThe Hard Evidence209
Appendix BWhat to Look For in a Classroom235
Notes238
References303
Acknowledgments333
Index334

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