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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416611318
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 199
  • Sales rank: 693,347
  • 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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