Exploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges Educators Face

Exploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges Educators Face

by Richard P. McAdams

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607098508
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 10/16/2010
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard McAdams served in seven school districts as a science teacher, a high school principal, and finally as a school superintendent (in three districts) during a 43-year career in education.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Teachers-The Heart of the Matter 1

2 Daily Life of a Teacher 11

3 Demographic Changes and Student Achievement 19

4 The Impact of Teachers Unions 31

5 The Myth of Merit Pay 39

6 School Charters, Vouchers, and Privatization 47

7 The Legal Tangle in Education 57

8 Curriculum and Instruction-The What and How of Schooling 67

9 Students Then and Now 75

10 The Parent Factor 83

11 The Limits of Local Control 91

12 School Boards 99

13 The Superintendent-CEO of the School District 111

14 The Critical Role of the School Principal 125

15 Special Education and Other Special Services 135

16 School Finance 143

17 Schools as Organizations 155

18 International Comparisons 165

19 Final Exam 177

Bibliography 193

About the Author 197

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