Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems (Hardback)Eric Kalenze (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 20 mm
Our earliest thinkers about public education saw schools as indispensable institutions, endowing America's children with common knowledge, practical skills, civic dispositions and habits. We went to school to become Americans. Today, Eric Kalenze correctly observes, schools exist to provide the whole development of each individual child. The result is a kind of mission creep. We are doing too many things and none of them well. Current reform efforts are missing the mark badly, as did progressive education reform that preceded them. Kalenze's wise book Education Is Upside Down describes how American education lost its way and its founding purpose-and how we might get them back. -- Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow and vice president for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and senior academic advisor at Democracy Prep Public Schools
In Education Is Upside Down, Eric Kalenze offers a provocative critique of today's reform efforts. He argues that real transformation will require rethinking the larger purposes of education-that anything less will disappoint. This intriguing volume touches on educational philosophy, history, and some of the highlights of contemporary reform, while closing with a bracing call that we ask students themselves to share in the accountability we ask of educators. -- Frederick Hess, author of Letters to a Young Education Reformer; director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute
In this broad survey of education in America today, Eric Kalenze offers a refreshing diagnosis of what is wrong, why and when it happened, and what to do. He is equally adept at tracing the genesis of bad ideas 100 years back as he is at analyzing the heated debate over Common Core. The arguments are brisk, the prose limpid--an excellent primer for young educators looking to understand current conditions. -- Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
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