Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do about It
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Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do about It

by Ronald A. Wolk
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1416611312

ISBN-13: 9781416611318

Pub. Date: 02/15/2011

Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

Renowned education journalist Ronald A. Wolk�the founder and former editor of Education Week and Teacher Magazine�skewers the conventional wisdom of the day about education reform and illuminates a way forward to higher student achievement. Learn why so many assumptions guiding political and educational leaders�standards and testing, longer

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Renowned education journalist Ronald A. Wolk�the founder and former editor of Education Week and Teacher Magazine�skewers the conventional wisdom of the day about education reform and illuminates a way forward to higher student achievement. Learn why so many assumptions guiding political and educational leaders�standards and testing, longer school days/years, pushing advanced math classes�have little prospect of achieving results. And explore a new strategy forward following promising innovations such as individualizing instruction, performance assessments, and restructuring public education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416611318
Publisher:
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Pages:
199
Sales rank:
1,035,921
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

Introduction 7

Part 1 Flawed Assumptions 15

1 The "Get-Tough" Policy 17

2 All Standards for All Students 23

3 If It Moves, Test It 36

4 Make Them Take Algebra 47

5 Wanted: Great Teachers 54

6 The Quest for the Supreme Leader 68

7 The Dropout Epidemic 74

8 Time for What? 81

9 Never Enough Money 86

10 A New Strategy of New Schools 92

Part 2 A Second, Parallel Strategy 99

11 One Student at a Time 101

12 Many Pathways to Success 109

13 Life to Text 117

14 It's the Work That Counts 128

15 Start Them Early 139

16 A New Role for Teachers 149

17 A Matter of Choice 156

18 Schools for Digital Natives 166

Conclusion: Can We Get There from Here? 175

References 183

Index 194

About the Author 199

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