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The Test : why our schools are obsessed with standardized testing-- but you don't have to be
by Anya Kamenetz.

9781610394413Anya KamenetzThe Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing - But You Don't Have to BeStandardized assessments test our children, our teachers, our schools--and increasingly, our patience. Your child is more than a score. But in the last twenty years, schools have dramatically increased standardized testing, sacrificing hours of classroom time. What is the cost to students, teachers, and families? How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development--especially when we still want all children to hit the mark? The Test explores all sides of this problem--where these tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do. It recounts the shocking history and tempestuous politics of testing and borrows strategies from fields as diverse as games, neuroscience, and ancient philosophy to help children cope. It presents the stories of families, teachers, and schools maneuvering within and beyond the existing educational system, playing and winning the testing game. And it offers a glimpse into a future of better tests. With an expert's depth, a writer's flair, and a hacker's creativity, Anya Kamenetz has written an essential book for any parent who has wondered: what do I do about all these tests? - Description from Syndetics
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Rethinking our classrooms : teaching for equity and justice
by Bigelow, Bill

9780942961188Bill Bigelow (Editor); Linda Christensen (Editor); Stan Karp (Editor); Barbara Miner (Editor); Bob Peterson (Editor)Rethinking Our Classroom: Teaching for Equity and JusticeRethinking Our Classrooms includes creative teaching ideas, compelling narratives, and hands-on examples of ways teachers can promote values of community, justice, and equality -- and build academic skills. Nowhere is the connection between critical teaching and effective classroom practice made clearer or more accessible. A practical guide for teachers K-12, this is a resource book that will be useful for years to come. Widely used in teacher education programs and for staff development. - Description from Syndetics
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Failing our brightest kids : the global challenge of educating high-ability students
by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Brandon L. Wright.

9781612508412Chester E. Finn; Brandon L. WrightFailing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability StudentsIn this provocative volume, Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Brandon L. Wright argue that, for decades, the United States has done too little to focus on educating students to achieve at high levels. The authors identify two core problems: First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough high achievers. Second, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are severely underrepresented among those high achievers. The authors describe educating students to high levels of achievement as an issue of both equity and human capital: talented students deserve appropriate resources and attention, and the nation needs to develop these students' abilities to remain competitive in the international arena. The authors embark on a study of twelve countries and regions to address these issues, exploring the structures and practices that enable some countries to produce a higher proportion of high-achieving students than the United States and to more equitably represent disadvantaged students amongtheir top scorers. Based on this research, the authors present a series of ambitious but pragmatic points that they believe should inform US policy in this area. This candid and engaging book takes a topic that is largely discussed behind closed doors and puts it squarely on the table for public debate. - Description from Syndetics
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College : what it was, is, and should be
by Delbanco, Andrew

9780691130736Andrew DelbancoCollege: What It Was, Is, and Should Be As the commercialization of American higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential. The traditional four-year college experience--an exploratory time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values with the help of teachers and peers--is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. In College , prominent cultural critic Andrew Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of such an education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In arguing for what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise. In a brisk and vivid historical narrative, Delbanco explains how the idea of college arose in the colonial period from the Puritan idea of the gathered church, how it struggled to survive in the nineteenth century in the shadow of the new research universities, and how, in the twentieth century, it slowly opened its doors to women, minorities, and students from low-income families. He describes the unique strengths of America's colleges in our era of globalization and, while recognizing the growing centrality of science, technology, and vocational subjects in the curriculum, he mounts a vigorous defense of a broadly humanistic education for all. Acknowledging the serious financial, intellectual, and ethical challenges that all colleges face today, Delbanco considers what is at stake in the urgent effort to protect these venerable institutions for future generations. - Description from Syndetics
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Common sense about Common Core : overcoming education's politics
by Dueck, Jim

9781475823233Jim DueckCommon Sense about Common Core: Overcoming Education's PoliticsCommon Sense about Common Core breaks down everything you need to know about the Common Core, from how it was implemented to where we are now. Common Core has emerged as a significant political issue and, therefore, a concern with the general public. Special interest groups are spinning messages which are inaccurate or biased in order to confuse parents and the public. Therefore a transformative educational initiative developed on sound principles is jeopardized because special interest groups, including politicians seeking to garner support from these groups, are taking positions based on inaccurate information. This book will show that Common Core is a necessary initiative for achieving America s Race to the Top." - Description from Syndetics
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The history of American higher education : learning and culture from the founding to World War II
by Geiger, Roger L

9780691149394Roger L. GeigerHistory of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War IIThis book tells the compelling saga of American higher education from the founding of Harvard College in 1636 to the outbreak of World War II. The most in-depth and authoritative history of the subject available, The History of American Higher Education traces how colleges and universities were shaped by the shifting influences of culture, the emergence of new career opportunities, and the unrelenting advancement of knowledge. Roger Geiger, arguably today's leading historian of American higher education, vividly describes how colonial colleges developed a unified yet diverse educational tradition capable of weathering the social upheaval of the Revolution as well as the evangelical fervor of the Second Great Awakening. He shows how the character of college education in different regions diverged significantly in the years leading up to the Civil War--for example, the state universities of the antebellum South were dominated by the sons of planters and their culture--and how higher education was later revolutionized by the land-grant movement, the growth of academic professionalism, and the transformation of campus life by students. By the beginning of the Second World War, the standard American university had taken shape, setting the stage for the postwar education boom. Breathtaking in scope and rich in narrative detail, The History of American Higher Education is the most comprehensive single-volume history of the origins and development of of higher education in the United States. - Description from Syndetics
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Disrupting gendered pedagogies in the early childhood classroom
by Larremore, April

9781433133022April LarremoreDisrupting Gendered Pedagogies in the Early Childhood Classroom: Exploring Liminal SubjectivitiesYoung children's access to knowledge about gender, relationships, and sexuality has critical implications for their health and well-being, not only in their early years but throughout their lives. This knowledge can build children's competencies and resilience, contributing to new cultural norms of non-violence in gendered and sexual relationships. For many early childhood teachers, interacting with children about issues concerning gender and sexuality is fraught with feelings of uneasiness and anxiety. For others, familiarity with research on these topics has resulted in rethinking their approaches to sex, gender, and sexuality in their early childhood classrooms. The pedagogical project discussed in Disrupting Gendered Pedagogies in the Early Childhood Classroom examines the tensions associated with one teacher's attempts to rethink gendered narratives and childhood sexuality in her own classroom. This project illustrates that it is possible for early childhood teachers to use feminist poststructuralism and queer theory to deepen their understandings and responses to children's talk, actions, and play regarding sex, gender, and sexuality and to use these understandings to inform their professional practice. - Description from Syndetics
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The leading edge of early childhood education : linking science to policy for a new generation
by Nonie K. Lesaux, Stephanie M. Jones, editors.

9781612509174Nonie K. Lesaux (Editor); Stephanie M. Jones (Editor)The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education: Linking Science to Policy for a New GenerationThe Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education aims to support the effort to simultaneously scale up and improve the quality of early childhood education by bringing together relevant insights from emerging research to provide guidance for this critical, fledgling field. It reflects the growing recognition that early childhood experiences have a powerful effect on children's later academic achievement and long-term life outcomes. Editors Nonie K. Lesaux and Stephanie M. Jones bring together an impressive array of scholarly contributors. Topics include: creating learning environments that support children's cognitive and emotional development identifying and addressing early risk factors using data to guide educators' practice; and capitalizing on the use of technology. Recent years have seen a surge of local, state, and national initiatives aimed at expanding and improving early childhood initiatives, particularly regarding access to preK programs. The Leading Edge of Early Childhood Education promises to be a valuable resource for those charged with enacting the next level of work in this critical area. - Description from Syndetics
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Motivating & inspiring students : strategies to awaken the learner
by Robert J. Marzano, Darrell Scott, Tina H. Boogren, Ming Lee Newcomb

9780991374878Robert J. Marzano; Darrell Scott; Tina H. Boogren; Ming Lee NewcombMotivating and Inspiring Students: Strategies to Awaken the LearnerBringing motivation and inspiration to the classroom is not easy. With this practical resource, you'll discover a results-driven framework--based on a six-level hierarchy of student needs and goals--that you can use to provide engaging instruction to students. The authors share comprehensive understandings of the nature of motivation and inspiration and detail specific strategies to connect with your students. K-12 schools' extreme focus on knowledge and skill acquisition is detrimental to students' growth; connect with students at each level of the student needs hierarchy; - Description from Syndetics
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The separation solution? : single-sex education and the new politics of gender equality
by Williams, Julie

9780520288959Juliet WilliamsThe Separation Solution?: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender EqualitySince the 1990s, there has been a resurgence of interest in single-sex education across the United States, and many public schools have created all-boys and all-girls classes for students in grades K through 12. The Separation Solution? provides an in-depth analysis of controversies sparked by recent efforts to separate boys and girls at school. Reviewing evidence from research studies, court cases, and hundreds of news media reports on local single-sex initiatives, Juliet Williams offers fresh insight into popular conceptions of the nature and significance of gender differences in education and beyond. - Description from Syndetics
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In defense of a liberal education
by Zakaria, Fareed

9780393247688Fareed ZakariaIn Defense of a Liberal EducationThe liberal arts are under attack. The governors of Florida, Texas, and North Carolina have all pledged that they will not spend taxpayer money subsidizing the liberal arts, and they seem to have an unlikely ally in President Obama. While at a General Electric plant in early 2014, Obama remarked, "I promise you, folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree." These messages are hitting home: majors like English and history, once very popular and highly respected, are in steep decline."I get it," writes Fareed Zakaria, recalling the atmosphere in India where he grew up, which was even more obsessed with getting a skills-based education. However, the CNN host and best-selling author explains why this widely held view is mistaken and shortsighted.Zakaria eloquently expounds on the virtues of a liberal arts education--how to write clearly, how to express yourself convincingly, and how to think analytically. He turns our leaders' vocational argument on its head. American routine manufacturing jobs continue to get automated or outsourced, and specific vocational knowledge is often outdated within a few years. Engineering is a great profession, but key value-added skills you will also need are creativity, lateral thinking, design, communication, storytelling, and, more than anything, the ability to continually learn and enjoy learning--precisely the gifts of a liberal education.Zakaria argues that technology is transforming education, opening up access to the best courses and classes in a vast variety of subjects for millions around the world. We are at the dawn of the greatest expansion of the idea of a liberal education in human history. - Description from Syndetics
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