The Skeptical Visionary: A Seymour Sarason Educational Reader

The Skeptical Visionary: A Seymour Sarason Educational Reader

by Seymour Bernard Sarason
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399793

ISBN-13: 9781566399791

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Temple University Press

Seymour Sarason, in the words of Carl Glickman, is "one of America's seminal thinkers about public education." For over four decades his has been a voice of much-needed skepticism about our plans for school reform, teacher training, and educational psychology. Now, for the first time, Sarason's essential writings on these and other issues are collected

Overview

Seymour Sarason, in the words of Carl Glickman, is "one of America's seminal thinkers about public education." For over four decades his has been a voice of much-needed skepticism about our plans for school reform, teacher training, and educational psychology. Now, for the first time, Sarason's essential writings on these and other issues are collected together, offering student and researcher alike with the range, depth, and originality of Sarason's contributions to American thinking on schooling.

As we go from debate to debate on issues such as school choice, charter schools, inclusive education, national standards, and other problems that seem to drag on without solution, Sarason's critical stance on the folly of many of our attempts to fix schools has always had at the center a concern for the main players in our educational institutions: the students, the teachers and the parents. Any plans that cannot account for their well-being are doomed to failure. And in the face of such failure, the clarity of Sarason's vision for real educational success is a much-needed antidote to much of the rhetoric that currently passes for substantial debate.

A wide-ranging and comprehensive selection of Sarason's most significant writings, The Skeptical Visionary should find a prized space on any student's or teacher's bookshelf.

Author Biography: Robert Fried is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Northeastern University, and is the author of The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide and The Passionate Learner: How Teachers and Parents Can Help Children Reclaim the Joy of Discovery.

Seymour Sarason is ProfessorEmeritus in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is the author of over forty books and is considered to be one of the most significant researchers in education and educational psychology in the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399791
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note and Acknowledgmentsxi
Editor's Introduction: Seymour Sarason: Sculptor of Ideas1
Part IThe Teacher
Chapter 1Powerlessness Unanticipated13
Chapter 2You Know More Than You Think and More Than They Give You Credit For19
Chapter 3Why Teachers Must Also Be Psychologists27
Chapter 4Teaching as a Lonely Profession41
Chapter 5Power Relationships in the Classroom46
Chapter 6Constitutional Issues in the Classroom58
Chapter 7The "Nonreading" Professional70
Part IIThe School
Chapter 8The School Culture and Processes of Change79
Chapter 9Underestimating Complexity92
Chapter 10Programmatic and Behavioral Regularities98
Chapter 11Confronting Intractability111
Chapter 12Conceptualizing the Educational System117
Chapter 13Predictable Features and Problems in the Creation of Charter Schools and Other New Organizational Settings130
Part IIIStudents and Parents
Chapter 14Themes from Childhood and Adolescence147
Chapter 15Columbine High School and Contexts of Productive Learning158
Chapter 16An Overarching Goal for Students171
Chapter 17Students as Teachers183
Chapter 18Parental Involvement and Power Struggles: Applying the Political Principle to Relationships Within the School and Beyond193
Chapter 19The Governors: Teachers and Parents210
Part IVThe Political and Policy Agenda
Chapter 20The Non-Learning, Non-Self-Correcting System225
Chapter 21Are Schools Unique Organizations?234
Chapter 22Our Expectations of Political Leaders245
Chapter 23America's Only Serious Education President256
Chapter 24What Should We Do?271
Part VTables of Contents from Sarason's Books on Education
Educational Reform: A Self-Scrutinizing Memoir285
Questions You Should Ask About Charter Schools and Vouchers286
American Psychology and Schools286
Teaching as a Performing Art286
Charter Schools: Another Flawed Educational Reform?287
Crossing Boundaries: Collaboration, Coordination, and the Redefinition of Resources287
Political Leadership and Educational Failure287
How Schools Might Be Governed and Why288
Barometers of Change: Individual, Educational, and Social Transformation288
Revisiting "The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change"289
Parental Involvement and the Political Principle289
School Change: The Personal Development of a Point of View290
Psychoanalysis, General Custer and the Verdicts of History and Other Essays on Psychology in the Social Scene290
Letters to a Serious Education President291
You Are Thinking of Teaching? Opportunities, Problems, Realities291
The Case for Change: Rethinking the Preparation of Educators291
The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform292
The Challenge of Art to Psychology292
The Making of an American Psychologist: An Autobiography292
Schooling in America: Scapegoat and Salvation293
Educational Handicap, Public Policy, and Social History: A Broadened Perspective on Mental Retardation293
Work, Aging, and Social Change: Professionals and the One Life-One Career Imperative294
The Creation of Settings and the Future Societies295
The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change295
The Psycho-Educational Clinic: Papers and Research Studies295
The Preparation of Teachers: An Unstudied Problem in Education296
Anxiety in Elementary School Children: A Report of Research296

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