Educational Reform: A Self Scrutinizing Memoir

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Teachers College Press, Jul 25, 2002 - Education - 293 pages

Professor Sarason candidly confronts his "errors of omission and commission, mistakes, and emphases" in his half-century involvement in educational reform. No other major figure in this arena has made public such a searching self-critique.

Sharing his thoughts about the future of education, Sarason discusses his thinking on: charter schools, productive learning, motivation, high-stakes testing, the need for teachers to relate differently to each other and to parents, the importance of working through change, and the mistaken idea that we can clone reforms. Although written before the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy, the last chapter of this book is extraordinarily relevant to the subsequent national importance of societal values and responsible citizenship.

Although this is a deliberately personally revealing book, Sarason's self-scrutiny will be stimulating and invaluable to anyone interested in reform as concept, action, and values.

 

Contents

Why Not Fold My Tent and Depart?
1
The Phenomenology of the Reformer
6
The Teachers Phenomenology of Change
27
Time Perspective The Disconnect Between Fantasy and Reality
43
Educational Reform and Foreign Aid Similar Problems Different Labels
62
Teacher Unions Part of the Problem Not of the Solution
85
Again Are Teachers Professionals?
103
Failure of Nerve Or Why Bang Your Head Against the Wall?
117
What Constitutes a Case History of a Reform Effort?
177
Math Music and Learning
193
What I Want for Students and Why Or We Have Met the Enemy and It Is Us
211
Ending with Starting Points
237
The Continuity Value
252
References
281
Index
285
About the Author
293

Cloning a Reform Effort
137
Film Language and Context
157

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About the author (2002)

Seymour B. Sarason is Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Yale University.

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