The Teacher Wars Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Teacher Wars


  • Author : Dana Goldstein
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345803627

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The Teacher Wars Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education that brings the lessons of the past to bear on the dilemmas we face today—and brilliantly illuminates the path forward for public schools. “[A] lively account." —New York Times Book Review In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries. She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change.

The Teacher Wars Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Teacher Wars


  • Author : Dana Goldstein
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2014-09-02
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385536967

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The Teacher Wars Excerpt :

In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today. Teaching is a wildly contentious profession in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries. From the genteel founding of the common schools movement in the nineteenth century to the violent inner-city teacher strikes of the 1960s and '70s, from the dispatching of Northeastern women to frontier schoolhouses to the founding of Teach for America on the Princeton University campus in 1989, Goldstein shows that the same issues have continued to bedevil us: Who should teach? What should be taught? Who should be held accountable for how our children learn? She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. And she also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better: drawing on the best practices of the three million public school teachers we already have in order to improve learning throughout our nation’s classrooms. The Teacher Wars upends the conversation about American education by bringing the lessons of history to bear on the dilemmas we confront today. By asking “How did we get here?” Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward.

Teaching What Really Happened Book

Teaching What Really Happened


  • Author : James W. Loewen
  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-07
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807759486

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Teaching What Really Happened Excerpt :

James Loewen has revised Teaching What Really Happened, the bestselling, go-to resource for social studies and history teachers wishing to break away from standard textbook retelling of the past. In addition to updating the scholarship and anecdotes throughout, the second edition features a timely new chapter entitled "Truth" that addresses how traditional and social media can distort current events and historical record. Helping students understand what really happened in the past will empower them to use history as a tool to argue for better policies in the present. Our society needs engaged citizens now more than ever, and this book offers teachers concrete ideas for getting students excited about history while also teaching them to read critically. It will specifically help teachers and students tackle important content areas, including Eurocentrism, the American Indian experience, and slavery. Book Features: an up-to-date assessment of the potential and pitfalls of U.S. and world history education; information to help teachers expect, and get good performance from students of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; strateiges for incorporating project-oriented self-learning, having students conduct online historical reserch, and teaching historiography; ideas from teachers across the country.

Why Great Teachers Quit Book

Why Great Teachers Quit


  • Author : Katy Farber
  • Publisher : Corwin Press
  • Release Date : 2010-07-08
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781452210681

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Learn why today’s best teachers are leaving—from the teachers themselves More talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Drawing on in-depth interviews, Farber presents an in-the-trenches view of the classroom exodus and how schools can turn the tide, focusing on: Challenges to teacher endurance, including tight budgets, difficult parents, unsafe schools, inadequate pay, and lack of respect Strategies veteran teachers use to make sure the joys of teaching outweigh the frustrations Success stories from individual schools and districts that have found solutions to these challenges Recommendations for creating a school environment that fosters teacher retention

Issues   Alternatives in Educational Philosophy Book

Issues Alternatives in Educational Philosophy


  • Author : George R. Knight
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015045692061

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Issues Alternatives in Educational Philosophy Excerpt :

A clear, brief, broad-spectrum survey of philosophies and philosophic issues relating to education, highlighting the relationship between philosophic starting points and educational outcomes--between theory and practice. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

A Hope in the Unseen Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

A Hope in the Unseen


  • Author : Ron Suskind
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2010-08-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763082

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A Hope in the Unseen Excerpt :

The inspiring, true coming-of-age story of a ferociously determined young man who, armed only with his intellect and his willpower, fights his way out of despair. In 1993, Cedric Jennings was a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate was well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boasted an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric had almost no friends. He ate lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he asked for, knowing that he was really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition—which was fully supported by his forceful mother—was to attend a top college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realized that ambition when he began as a freshman at Brown University. But he didn't leave his struggles behind. He found himself unprepared for college: he struggled to master classwork and fit in with the white upper-class students. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric was left to rely on his intelligence and his determination to maintain hope in the unseen—a future of acceptance and reward. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. Eye-opening, sometimes humorous, and often deeply moving, A Hope in the Unseen weaves a crucial new thread into the rich and ongoing narrative of the American experience.

The Wednesday Wars Book
Score: 4
From 105 Ratings

The Wednesday Wars


  • Author : Gary D. Schmidt
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780618724833

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The Wednesday Wars Excerpt :

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns muchof value about the world he lives in.

Teaching History for the Common Good Book

Teaching History for the Common Good


  • Author : Keith C. Barton
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-07-13
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 349
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135645137

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In Teaching History for the Common Good, Barton and Levstik present a clear overview of competing ideas among educators, historians, politicians, and the public about the nature and purpose of teaching history, and they evaluate these debates in light of current research on students' historical thinking. In many cases, disagreements about what should be taught to the nation's children and how it should be presented reflect fundamental differences that will not easily be resolved. A central premise of this book, though, is that systematic theory and research can play an important role in such debates by providing evidence of how students think, how their ideas interact with the information they encounter both in school and out, and how these ideas differ across contexts. Such evidence is needed as an alternative to the untested assumptions that plague so many discussions of history education. The authors review research on students' historical thinking and set it in the theoretical context of mediated action--an approach that calls attention to the concrete actions that people undertake, the human agents responsible for such actions, the cultural tools that aid and constrain them, their purposes, and their social contexts. They explain how this theory allows educators to address the breadth of practices, settings, purposes, and tools that influence students' developing understanding of the past, as well as how it provides an alternative to the academic discipline of history as a way of making decisions about teaching and learning the subject in schools. Beyond simply describing the factors that influence students' thinking, Barton and Levstik evaluate their implications for historical understanding and civic engagement. They base these evaluations not on the disciplinary study of history, but on the purpose of social education--preparing students for participation in a pluralist democracy. Their ultimate concern is how history can help citizens engage in collaboratio

Building a Better Teacher  How Teaching Works  and How to Teach It to Everyone  Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Building a Better Teacher How Teaching Works and How to Teach It to Everyone


  • Author : Elizabeth Green
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2014-08-04
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393244151

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Building a Better Teacher How Teaching Works and How to Teach It to Everyone Excerpt :

A New York Times Notable Book "A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." —Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World Launched with a hugely popular New York Times Magazine cover story, Building a Better Teacher sparked a national conversation about teacher quality and established Elizabeth Green as a leading voice in education. Green's fascinating and accessible narrative dispels the common myth of the "natural-born teacher" and introduces maverick educators exploring the science behind their art. Her dramatic account reveals that great teaching is not magic, but a skill—a skill that can be taught. Now with a new afterword that offers a guide on how to identify—and support—great teachers, this provocative and hopeful book "should be part of every new teacher’s education" (Washington Post).

Lies My Teacher Told Me Book
Score: 4
From 48 Ratings

Lies My Teacher Told Me


  • Author : James W. Loewen
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-10-16
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743296281

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Lies My Teacher Told Me Excerpt :

Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

The Death and Life of the Great American School System


  • Author : Diane Ravitch
  • Publisher : Basic Books (AZ)
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465014910

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The Death and Life of the Great American School System Excerpt :

Discusses how school choice, misapplied standards of accountability, the No Child Left Behind mandate, and the use of a corporate model have all led to a decline in public education and presents arguments for a return to strong neighborhood schools and quality teaching.

The Chocolate War Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Chocolate War


  • Author : Robert Cormier
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Release Date : 2004-09-14
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375829871

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The Chocolate War Excerpt :

One of the most controversial YA novels of all time, The Chocolate War is a modern masterpiece that speaks to fans of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. After suffering rejection from seven major publishers, The Chocolate War made its debut in 1974, and quickly became a bestselling—and provocative—classic for young adults. This chilling portrait of an all-boys prep school casts an unflinching eye on the pitfalls of conformity and corruption in our most elite cultural institutions. “Masterfully structured and rich in theme; the action is well crafted, well timed, suspenseful.”—The New York Times Book Review “The characterizations of all the boys are superb.”—School Library Journal, starred review “Compellingly immediate. . . . Readers will respect the uncompromising ending.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year

How to Be Heard Book

How to Be Heard


  • Author : Celine Coggins
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2017-07-31
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119373995

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How to Be Heard Excerpt :

THE BOOK FOR EVERY TEACHER WHO HAS EVER BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE DECISIONS MADE OUTSIDE THEIR SCHOOL THAT AFFECT THE STUDENTS INSIDE THEIR SCHOOL. How to Be Heard offers every teacher 10 ways to successfully amplify his or her voice, and demonstrates that when teachers' voices are heard, they will be rightfully recognized and supported as change leaders in their schools. Celine Coggins, a renowned teacher advocate, offers nuts-and-bolts strategies that are recognized as the "price of admission" to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. The author clearly demonstrates that it is not only possible for teachers to initiate change, but to also effectively participate on the policy playing field. In ten clear chapters, the author demonstrates how teachers can and must advocate for their students and their profession. Throughout this book Coggins proves that "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." This how-to guide is filled with concrete ideas for engaging in productive decision-making, using real-world examples from teachers who have successfully used these strategies. PRAISE FOR HOW TO BE HEARD "This book is a must-read for teachers. It's filled with insight on how our educators can influence game-changing policy and practice while putting kids' success at the forefront." —Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education, State of New Mexico "Teachers have a voice, and in this book Celine teaches educators how to strategically use it. It's like the Teach Plus Fellowship in a bottle!" —Marilyn Rhames, writer, nonprofit leader, and Teach Plus Fellowship alumna "In How to Be Heard, Celine shares her belief in the creative power of teaching with the lessons learned from her years leading Teach Plus—lessons that can help every teacher to understand the intricacies of policy, to develop skills in advocacy, and to escape the frustration of not being heard in decisions that affect their classrooms and their students."

Teaching About the Wars Book

Teaching About the Wars


  • Author : Jody Sokolower
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-03-15
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : 1937730476

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Teaching About the Wars Excerpt :

"Teaching About the Wars breaks the curricular silence on the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Even though the United States has been at war continuously since just after 9/11, sometimes it seems that our schools have forgotten. This collection of insightful articles and hands-on lessons shows that teachers have found ways to prompt their students to think critically about big issues. Here is the best writing from Rethinking Schools magazine on war and peace in the 21st century." -- Publisher's website.

A Thousand Splendid Suns Book
Score: 4
From 517 Ratings

A Thousand Splendid Suns


  • Author : Khaled Hosseini
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2008-09-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : 9780747585893

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A Thousand Splendid Suns Excerpt :

A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love