What's So Funny About Education?

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Using affectionate humor, Fournier delivers both stark and subtle epiphanies alongside enduring truths, offering a deeper social commentary on the present conditions and future directions of American education.

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Editorial Reviews

David D. Thornburg
"Fournier has firmly placed one foot in the pragmatic world of today, while the other points toward a future view of education where teachers and students are treated with respect, and all learners achieve to the best of their abilities. He does this through the medium of humor, and you are in for a genuine treat."
From the Foreword by David D. Thornburg
"Fournier has firmly placed one foot in the pragmatic world of today, while the other points toward a future view of education where teachers and students are treated with respect, and all learners achieve to the best of their abilities. He does this through the medium of humor, and you are in for a genuine treat."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761939337
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

  • Monthly Feature writer for Converge magazine
  • Associate, Thornburg Center for Professional Development
  • Author, Storm Before the Calm (ASCD, 2002)

Lou Fournier is an Associate in the Thornburg Center for Professional Development. He is co-authir of Enlighten Up! An Educator's Guide to Stree-free Living (ASCD 2003) and author of Power and Purpose (2003). He has had careers in journalism, training and development, music, marketing, and as a corporate executive for education technology companies. Lou has been a guest of the President of the White House. His insights into purposeful use of music have been filmed for a Master's degree program for Walden University by Canter & Associates. He currently writes a humor column for Converge magazine. In the Field of music, Lou has won numerous awards for songwriting and performing.

Tom Mc Keith was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1948. He moved to the USA at the age of 22 to study photography at the University of Connecticut. Subsequently he moved to California to continue his studies. He had the great fortune of spending five summers studying with Ansel Adams at his Photographic Workshops in Carmel. Having attained a Masters Degree in Photography at California State University a Fullerton he began teaching the subject at California State University at Los Angeles. At the same time he was also carving a niche for himself as an illustrator in the magazine and book publishing industry. It was this circumstance which led him to move to Sacramento, California, where he was offered a position as an editorial illustrator for e.Republic.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Illustrator
Dog Days of Leadership 1
Get the Third Degree From EIT 5
Quantum Connections and the Flea Market School 9
How the Facts of Learning Sank the FAQs of Scripting 13
Aisle Four: Frozen Food and Education 17
Net Trek, Episode One: Voyage of the Browser 21
Tonight's Episode of "School Improvement" 25
Live at the Interstate Internet Lounge 31
Mortal Assessment Versus Overlord of Algebra 35
Thinking Comes to College 39
The Story of PINokio 43
Instant Staff Development in Good Taste 47
Dearth of a Salesman 51
How the Schmall and the Marines Came to Schools 55
The Truth of Teen Talk 59
Home-School-Mall Connection 63
My Big Appearance on Who Wants to Be a Staff Developer? 67
Singin' the Blues for a Real Good Cause 71
A Clearer Seer: The Education Prophecies of Nostracosa 75
The Blazing Electrons' Winning Season 79
To Spin, Perchance to Dream 83
How Doc the Techie Saved Our School 87
Totally Unrehearsed Techno Telemarketing 191
Here's the Windup and the Pitch! 95
How to Win the Assessment Game and a Nice Toaster 99
From Here to Perplexity 103
Slim Spud and the Case of the Maltese Parakeet 107
Where Mosquitoes and Teacher Salaries Came From 111
Singin' in the School! 115
Curriculum in the Castle 119
The Techwreck Threat 123
Getcher Higher Ed Right Here 129
Sometimes You Can't Give Good Education Marketing Away 135
The Curtain Rises on ProDevelopment Theatre 139
Hot Thoughts From Idle Hands 143
Elma Explains Education 147
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