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Joseph FeatherstoneThe fate of public education today depends on whether we listen to…the Deborah Meiers of the land.
Acclaimed educator Deborah Meier offers a fresh take on standardized tests. While others have criticized standards and what they ...
Acclaimed educator Deborah Meier offers a fresh take on standardized tests. While others have criticized standards and what they measure, Meier rejects the very idea of a centralized authority that dictates how and what teachers teach. Standardization, she argues, prevents citizens-including teachers-from emerging as thoughtful, responsible adults, seriously engaged with shaping their own schools, classrooms, and communities. As a result, young people can't learn from them how to be thoughtful, responsible adults and good citizens, the primary goal of public education in a democracy.
The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.
"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." --Robert Pinsky
|Educating a Democracy||3|
|Making a Difference||40|
|Habits of Mind||50|
|The Case for Standards||57|
|The Standards Fraud||64|
|A Sense of Place||70|
|About the Contributors||89|