High Stakes / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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This text reveals the detrimental impact of high-stakes standardized testing and other accountability measures on public schools serving poor communities. The Johnsons (both professors at Dowling College) share what they observed while working as classroom teachers during the 2000-2001 school year in an extremely impoverished school in rural Louisiana. New to the second edition is a chapter describing how accountability mandates have become the dominant influence in public education at all levels nationwide. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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About the Author
Dale D. Johnson is professor of literacy education at Dowling College on Long Island. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and was a profesor there for 16 years. Dr. Johnson has been an elementary and middle school teacher in Wisconsin and Louisiana and was on the faculties of Katsina College in Nigeria and the University of Louisiana. He is a past-president of the International Reading Association. Dr. Johnson has authored and co-authored 12 books, including Vocabulary in the Elementary and Middle School (2001, Allyn and Bacon). Bonnie Johnson is professor of human development and learning at Dowling College on Long Island. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin where she was granted the 'Distinguished Teacher of Teachers' award. Dr. Johnson has taught elementary school in Wisconsin and Louisiana and has been a professor at Texas A&M, the University of Louisiana, and Clarke College. She has published for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to journal articles, she is the author of Wordworks: Exploring Language Play (1999, Fulcrum).
Table of ContentsChapter 1 From Ivory Tower to White Lightning Road: Launching a Teaching Career Chapter 2 Hayricks and Helicopters: The Realities of an Underfunded School Chapter 3 September: The Children We Teach Chapter 4 October: Regulating Teaching Chapter 5 November: Drugs, Poverty, and Test Scores Chapter 6 December: Clamp Down Chapter 7 January: Test Preparation--The Pace Quickens Chapter 8 February: Pep Rallies for Tests Chapter 9 March: Test-Day Traumas Chapter 10 April: Freedom to Teach and Learn Chapter 11 May: I Don't Want to Spend My Time on Paperwork Chapter 12 How Can We Build a Better Future? Recommendations for Policy Change
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Every politician who voted for the No Child Left Behind Act should get a copy of this book for Christmas (as should every politician in Louisiana). The Johnsons describe in chilling detail just how far off-track most state and federal school reform efforts have strayed. Redtape, bureaucratic control, and a striking lack of resources work together to make effective teaching almost impossible in Redbud, Louisiana. But the reforms in Redbud mimic the federalized education mandates now imposed on every school in America. As usual, politicians have managed to spend lots of money and yet make the situation worse.
It's difficult to know where to start when writing a review of High Stakes by Dr. Dale D. Johnson and Dr. Bonnie Johnson. It's difficult because of all the emotions, outrage, pity, helplessness and more, I felt after reading the account of their year teaching at a poor, rural Louisiana grade school. I couldn't believe that the type of poverty and human suffering that was described in High Stakes even existed in our great United States! I couldn't get over the senseless situations that the dedicated teachers at Redbud put up with every day ¿ conditions and demands that anyone with some common sense would find appalling. I also couldn't get over the humor and straight forward writing which made this book so captivating that I couldn't put it down! I'm sure this book will be a favorite for teachers, but should be a must read for anyone with a concern for children or who just wants to be inspired!