Detoxing American Schools: From Social Agency to Academic Urgency (Hardback)III, PhD, Ernest J. Zarra (author)
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Schools have become vessels of social agency. The time has come to detox American education and to call for teachers to return to the urgent, fundamental mission of educating students academically.
Too many teachers are following the paradigm found on many college campuses, as they use prior experience to stir up students and bring new levels of emotion into their classrooms. The classroom environment has flipped and what was once tolerance has become the new toxic intolerance.
Fractious Americans seem addicted to the use of polarized issues as social and emotional intoxicants. Groups are strategic in seizing upon differences to ensure augmentation and marginalization upon ideological lines, intensified often by the flames of social media and intolerant activism.
College students emerging from Gen Z are more radicalized from their time at college. Unless American educators agree to step back from certain poisonous rhetoric and noxious activism, our nation will continue to lose sight of the academic urgency before us, and with it a generation of children.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 180
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Dr. Zarra presents an excellent analysis of the factors causing toxicity in our public schools and the background leading to these issues. This book is a shocking wake-up call to parents, teachers, school boards and administrators in public schools. No one can read this book and not come away with a greater understanding of the toxic environment in public education and many of the factors that are driving teachers from classrooms, as well as parents removing their students from public education in favor of private schools and home schooling. Dr. Zarra's over four decades of experience in education make him particularly well-equipped to address these topics and offer some solutions to this growing problem in our education system.--Roy Frady, MAT Secondary Science and Math; Doctoral Candidate, Education
This book takes a headlong dive into schools that have veered from focusing on academics and into toxic social activism. Dr. Zarra points out how and why this has happened and challenges readers to consider the toxic realities in our educational institutions. He offers suggestions for schools to return to teaching about subjects, rather than teaching from within subjects, thereby enhancing academic urgency. If you work within our educational institutions, or want to understand the toxic environment in which students and teachers are engaged, this book is a most worthwhile read.--Mark Sizemore, B.S. Health Sciences, HMC (SS), USN (Retired)
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