What Happened To Recess And Why Are Our Children Struggling In Kindergarten?

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Arms parents with everything they need to know to fight the pro-standards movements

Parents all across the political spectrum have united on one issue: when it comes to standardized testing, they all lean toward some kind of educational reform. Drawing on her 20 years of classroom experience and enriched by real-life anecdotes, Susan Ohanian's What Happened to Recess, and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? explains the misguided mania for testing children, why a ...

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Overview

Arms parents with everything they need to know to fight the pro-standards movements

Parents all across the political spectrum have united on one issue: when it comes to standardized testing, they all lean toward some kind of educational reform. Drawing on her 20 years of classroom experience and enriched by real-life anecdotes, Susan Ohanian's What Happened to Recess, and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? explains the misguided mania for testing children, why a child's success or failure is currently determined by a set of tests, and what parents are doing to change public policy on education. Even children who are able test takers are hurt by the politics surrounding testing. Ohanian's moving insider's view imparts a sense of urgency about the situation of individual children caught on the front line of our treacherous education system. This beacon will inspire parents who are confused, angered, or intimidated by the forces that control their children's education to take action.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780071383264
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 852,775
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    A Wake-Up call for complacent parents

    Parents concerned with standardized tests should familiarize themselves with the politics surrounding the standardized testing business (yes, it's a business! It does not totally revolve around educating children!) and the No Child Left Behind Act. Ohanian provides some real life examples of why standardized testing is not the 'cure-all' that it is made out to be for 'failing' schools. This is not a book that should lead parents to boycott testing, but rather encourage parents to educate themselves about their states' testing standards and the goals that the states allow their teachers to set for their students and themselves. Students learn most from motivated teachers. Excessive standarized testing reverses that - Ohanion does a nice job of illustrating the devastating results of our 'test-crazed' society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Help stop the insanity!

    Once again, Susan Ohanian challenges the one-size-fits-all reform going on in our public schools. Her latest offering to parents, teachers, and others on the frontline of public education, What Happened to Recess and why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?, answers the who, what, and where of the data-driven madness around us, as well as the how and why we should all JUST SAY NO to the testing and standards craze taking over our classrooms and the lives of our children. Anyone concerned with education in America must read this book!

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