Anyone who has served on a school board or taught in a classroom has stories to tell, but few have chronicled their experiences with the candor and humor of school board president and journalism professor Howard Good in Educated Guess: A School Board Member Reflects. School board veterans and rookies alike will identify with Good's wide-ranging tales of board service. The book provides guidance to those facing common school board issues: school violence, censorship, public speaking, budget cuts, citizen complaints, internal conflicts, and the negative image that seems to dog school boards no matter what they do. Educated Guess is filled with insights that Good has acquired as a school board member for the past six years and as a teacher for many more. Reading the book is like listening to a sometimes wise, sometimes wise-cracking voice philosophizing about human nature as well as the nature of education. Some of the most poignant parts of this book contain Good's reminiscences about the teachers he had while growing up. Although he doesn't spare bad teachers, he characteristically finds something positive even amid hurtful memories. Educated Guess: A School Board Member Reflects is enjoyable, instructive, and inspirational. School board members, school administrators, teachers, and parents will be informed and invigorated by it.
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About the Author
Howard Good has served six years on the Highland, N.Y. school board, the last three as president. He is also vice president of the Ulster County School Boards Association. His commentaries on education have appeared in such national publications as American School Board Journal,Education Week, and Teacher Magazine. A professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz, he has written eight books, including Girl Reporter and The Drunken Journalist, and edited a volume of essays titled Desperately Seeking Ethics: A Guide to Media Conduct. His book-in-progress,The Theory of Oz: Rediscovering the Aims of Education, will be published by ScarecrowEducation.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 PART I SCHOOL BOARD BLUES Chapter 4 1 Say What? Chapter 5 2 Then and Now Chapter 6 3 Shadow of the Gun Chapter 7 4 Censorsh*t Chapter 8 5 School Board Blues Chapter 9 6 Public Speaking, Private Nightmare Chapter 10 7 Into the Fire Chapter 11 8 School Board Notebook Chapter 12 9 School Pictures Chapter 13 10 Flower Power Part 14 PART II HONEY AND ASHES Chapter 15 11 Mom's the Word Chapter 16 12 Honey and Ashes Chapter 17 13 Epitaph for an English Teacher Chapter 18 14 The Age of Impatience Chapter 19 15 The Family Plan Chapter 20 16 The Contempt Syndrome Chapter 21 17 Grammarama Chapter 22 18 X-thics Chapter 23 19 Advice to Graduates Chapter 24 20 Off to See the Wizard Chapter 25 About the Author
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