Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
Author: Charles Murray
Publisher: Crown Forum
Category: Social Science
With four simple truths as his framework, Charles Murray, the bestselling coauthor of The Bell Curve, sweeps away the hypocrisy, wishful thinking, and upside-down priorities that grip America’s educational establishment. Ability varies. Children differ in their ability to learn academic material. Doing our best for every child requires, above all else, that we embrace that simplest of truths. America’s educational system does its best to ignore it. Half of the children are below average. Many children cannot learn more than rudimentary reading and math. Real Education reviews what we know about the limits of what schools can do and the results of four decades of policies that require schools to divert huge resources to unattainable goals. Too many people are going to college. Almost everyone should get training beyond high school, but the number of students who want, need, or can profit from four years of residential education at the college level is a fraction of the number of young people who are struggling to get a degree. We have set up a standard known as the BA, stripped it of its traditional content, and made it an artificial job qualification. Then we stigmatize everyone who doesn’t get one. For most of America’s young people, today’s college system is a punishing anachronism. America’s future depends on how we educate the academically gifted. An elite already runs the country, whether we like it or not. Since everything we watch, hear, and read is produced by that elite, and since every business and government department is run by that elite, it is time to start thinking about the kind of education needed by the young people who will run the country. The task is not to give them more advanced technical training, but to give them an education that will make them into wiser adults; not to pamper them, but to hold their feet to the fire. The good news is that change is not only possible but already happening. Real Education describes the technological and economic trends that are creating options for parents who want the right education for their children, teachers who want to be free to teach again, and young people who want to find something they love doing and learn how to do it well. These are the people for whom Real Education was written. It is they, not the politicians or the educational establishment, who will bring American schools back to reality. Twenty-four years ago, Charles Murray’s Losing Ground changed the way the nation thought about welfare. Real Education is about to do the same thing for America’s schools. From the Hardcover edition.
Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
Author: Charles A. Murray
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
The coauthor of The Bell Curve addresses serious problems with the American educational system and introduces four simple truths that parents and educators need to confront--Ability varies, Half of the children are below average, Too many people are going to college, and America's future depends on how we educate the gifted. 80,000 first printing.
Varieties of Freedom
Author: David Gribble
Publisher: Librarian Education
"Real Education describes schools in Britain, Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the U.S.A. Students vary from the children of carefully selected fee-paying parents to educational rejects and children of families in extreme poverty. Locations include inner city Harlem, an Ashram in Delhi, an office block in Tokyo and an Alpine valley. The variety is astonishing, yet each of these schools shows that children do better when they are allowed to think for themselves. From an educational point of view it is significant that this theme emerges from so many different cultures."--Book cover.
A Bridge to Cognitive Neuroscience
Author: Harry Morgan
Publisher: R&L Education
Harry Morgan discusses how we know things: the physiological aspects of human information processing. He integrates developments in cognitive science with accepted educational thought.
In Defense of a Real Education
Author: Mark Edmundson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Mark Edmundson's essays reclaim college not as the province of high-priced tuition, career training, and interactive online courses, but as the place where serious people go to broaden their minds and learn to live the rest of their lives. A renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia, Edmundson has felt firsthand the pressure on colleges to churn out a productive, high-caliber workforce for the future. Yet in these essays, many of which have run in places such as Harper's and the New York Times, he reminds us that there is more to education than greater productivity. With prose exacting yet expansive, tough-minded yet optimistic, Edmundson argues forcefully that the liberal arts are more important today than ever, and a necessary remedy for our troubled times. Why Teach? is brimming with the wisdom and inspiration that make learning possible.
Real Education Reform to Motivate Secondary Students
Author: Denise Fawcett Facey
Publisher: R&L Education
Can I Be In Your Class? offers secondary teachers tips and techniques to invigorate instruction and create an atmosphere conducive to active learning and extraordinary teaching. Each chapter opens with an illustrative anecdote and highlights a different educational area.
School-to-work as High School Reform
Author: Adria Steinberg
Publisher: Psychology Press
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With Or Without School
Author: Grace Llewellyn,Amy Silver
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
Discusses how parents can create a home environment that encourages children to learn and explains what is right and wrong with traditional education.
Partnering for Real Learning
Author: Marc Prensky
Publisher: Corwin Press
A new paradigm for teaching and learning in the 21st century! Marc Prensky, who first coined the terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants," presents an innovative model that promotes student learning through the use of technology. Discover how to implement partnership learning, in which: Digitally literate students specialize in content finding, analysis, and presentation via multiple media Teachers specialize in guiding student learning, providing questions and context, designing instruction, and assessing quality Administrators support, organize, and facilitate the process schoolwide Technology becomes a tool that students use for learning essential skills and "getting things done"
The Making of a Real Education at the Stanford Online High School
Author: Jeffrey Scarborough,Raymond Ravaglia
Publisher: Stanford Univ Center for the Study
How a group of true believers built the best high school in the world without laying a single brick. In this book, Scarborough and Ravaglia discuss the motivation, creation, and evolution of the Stanford Online High School during its initial seven years. In what some have described as the school's use of twenty-first century technologies to deliver a twelfth century education”, the SOHS has redefined what is possible in an online setting drawing on that format to set a modern standard for rigorous high-school education. While such phrases at first seem to belie the essence of the SOHS, Scarborough and Ravaglia offer the story of the school in support of the strongly contrarian position that dynamic use of technology in education is not exclusive of the best traditional methodologies.
Author: Peter Daly,David Gijbels
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This is the 2009 volume in the Advances in Business Education & Training Book Series. The Series aims to foster advancement in the field and to serve as an international forum for scholarly and state-of-the-art research and development. This volume offers challenging thoughts on constructing meaningful learning both within the academy and in collaboration with outside stakeholders. It comprises two major sections: research into business education and best practice in business education. The research contributions explore the incorporation of theoretical frameworks and the exploitation of clicker technology in classroom practice, the integration of reflective writing into work placements to support learning, the exposure of ideas about morally leading change and its impact on leadership aspirations, large group business learning, self-theories, goal orientations and achievement motivations, and Chinese students’ perceptions of intercultural competence in tutors. Other research contributions look beyond the business school to explore entrepreneurs’ perceptions of their existing business model. The best practice contributions discuss master thesis supervision, MBA study tours designed to increase global exposure, the use of authentic learning materials in career writing courses, and cross cultural innovations.
Real Learning in Imagined Worlds
Author: Patrice Baldwin
Publisher: A&C Black
In this new and updated edition, Patrice Baldwin brings together key findings from brain research and best practice to highlight the benefits that drama and imagined experience can have on learning, creativity, motivation and self-esteem, and explains why and how drama supports learning. The book offers sound advice on planning and managing drama across the curriculum from ages 5-14, and provides carefully annotated schemes of work complete with photocopiable resource sheets and online templates. Both experienced teachers of drama and non-specialists will appreciate the up-to-date research, new pedagogic examples, multisensory drama techniques and links to contemporary developments in education, such as play-based learning, learning outside the classroom and Philosophy for Children (P4C). With Drama in Mind is an invaluable source of inspiration for revitalising your teaching and stimulating pupils' imaginations.
A Reference Handbook
Author: Judith A. Gouwens
A description and critique of education reform in the United States since the 1950s, focusing on the current condition of American schools and efforts to increase both educational opportunity and overall excellence. * Includes biographical sketches of school reformers and other influential figures in education reform in the United States, including David Berliner, Rod Paige, Nel Noddings, and Gloria Ladson Billings * A Data and Documents chapter features the text of A Nation at Risk (1983), data from the National Assessment of Education Process (NAEP) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, excerpts from the National Defense Education Act (NDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and other important resources
Daily management exercises that empower and engage students
Author: Jennifer Harper,Katheryn O'Brien
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
Classroom routines are the sequences and order that students are asked to follow, be it walking in line through the hall, or answering “present” when their name is called. Established routines run themselves, and are the well-oiled machines that help a classroom function. Routines can also provide the groundwork for a learning environment that nourishes student-driven learning. Simple, structured routines can help maximize learning by providing stability, consistency, and time management skills — for both teachers and students. This thoughtful book shows how to use flexible, well-structured routines to build classroom community, foster independent work, differentiate lessons, increase student engagement, and encourage collaboration. The ideal resource to help teachers devote every minute in the school day to effective learning.
Author: Grant Overstake
It's 1968 and the nation is divided. Thirteen year-old TJ Crowley thinks he knows about black people. Except everything he knows and the ugly names he flings, he learned from his half-crazed mom. That is, until the doorbell rings one day. "The perfect book to spur frank discussions about whiteness..." Jenna Chandler-Ward, Teaching While White
Teaching, the Humanities, and the Importance of a Liberal Education in the Age of Mass Information
Author: Mark Howard Moss
Publisher: Lexington Books
"Education and Its Discontents: Teaching, the Humanities, and the Importance of a Liberal Education in the Age of Mass Information, by Mark Moss, is an exploration of how the traditional educational environment, particularly in the post-secondary world, is changing as a consequence of the influx of new technology. Students now have access to myriad of technologies that instead of supplementing the educational process, have actually taken it over. Faculty who do not adapt face enormous obstacles, and those who do adapt run the risk of eroding the integrity of what they have been trained to teach. Moss discusses that it is now not only how we learn, but what we continue to teach, and how that enormously important legacy is protected"-- Provided by publisher.
Author: Dr. Henry M. Morris
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
Such topics as class size and a brief history of the two world wars are just a small part of this framework for educators in home schools, Christian schools, and public schools. Addressing the needs of each of these areas, Dr. Morris implores today's teachers to provide wholesome and well-rounded instruction for tomorrow's generation.