The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "tougher Standards"

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Education - 344 pages
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In this ?lively, provocative and well-researched book” (Theodore Sizer), AlTe Kohn builds a powerful argument against the ?back to basics” philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to ?raise the bar.” Drawing on stories from real classrooms and extensive research, Kohn shows parents, educators, and others interested in the debate how schools can help students explore ideas rather than filling them with forgettable facts and preparing them for standardized tests.
Here at last is a book that challenges the two dominant forces in American education: an aggressive nostalgia for traditional teaching (?If it was bad enough for me, it's bad enough for my kids”) and a heavy-handed push for Tougher Standards.
 

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THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and ``Tougher Standards''

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Another blistering critique (after Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, 1993) of traditional public schooling by a progressive who displays ... Read full review

The schools our children deserve: moving beyond traditional classrooms and "tougher standards"

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Kohn, a former teacher and now an award-winning author and education expert, here challenges the two important forces shaping American education today: the aggressive "back-to-basics" teaching ... Read full review

Contents

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III
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IV
73
V
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VI
101
VII
115
VIII
131
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XI
209
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About the author (1999)

Alfie Kohn's six previous books include Punished by Rewards and No Contest: The Case Against Competition, as well as Beyond Displine and What to Look for in a Classroom. Descrilbed by Time magazine last year as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of educational fixation on grades and test scores," he is a popular lecturer, speaker to teachers, parents, and reasearchers accross the country. The author currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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