Why America s Public Schools are the Best Place for Kids

Author: Dave F. Brown
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 9781610483582
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Education

"Despite measured success of American public schools, the media, politicians, and big business attack public schools and their teachers with inaccuracies that threaten the equal opportunities provided by public education. Research indicates that No Child Left Behind, charter schools, and vouchers do not improve students learning or help educators teach better. The book provide reasons to support American public schools and educators"--

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Author: Fenwick W. English
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781506314266
Release Date: 2015-01-29
Genre: Education

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance. This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made. Features & Benefits: 30 brief, signed chapters are organized in 10 thematic parts in one volume available in a choice of electronic or print formats designed to enable quick access to basic information. Selective boxes enrich and support the narrative chapters with case examples of effective leadership in action. Chapters conclude with bibliographic endnotes and references to further readings to guide students to more in-depth presentations in other published sources. Back matter includes an annotated listing of organizations, associations, and journals focused on educational leadership and administration and a detailed index. This reference guide will serve as a vital source of knowledge to any students pursuing an education degree as well as for individuals interested in the subject matter that do not have a strong foundation of the topic.

Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research

Author: Carolyn A. Babione
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118603796
Release Date: 2014-12-09
Genre: Education

Teacher inquiry helps improve educational outcomes Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research explores theconcept and importance of the teacher practitioner, and preparesstudents in teacher education courses and programs to conductresearch in the classroom. Author Carolyn Babione has extensiveexperience in undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher trainingand teacher inquiry coursework. In the book, Babione guidesstudents through the background, theory, and strategy required tosuccessfully conduct classroom research. The first part of the booktackles the "how-to" and "why" of teacher inquiry, while the secondpart provides students with real-life practitioner inquiry researchprojects across a range of school settings, content areas, andteaching strategies. The book's discussion includes topics suchas: Underlying cultural and historical perspectives surrounding theteaching profession Hidden stereotypes that limit teacher beliefs about power andvoice Current curriculum innovation and reflections on moderndevelopments Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research successfullyguides and encourages budding teachers to fully understand theimportance of their involvement in studying and researching theirclassroom settings, giving a better understanding of how theirbeliefs and teaching practices impact classroom learning.

Opposing Censorship in Public Schools

Author: June Edwards
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135686161
Release Date: 1997-12-01
Genre: Education

In the past several years, hundreds of challenges a year to books used in public schools have been reported across the nation. Most of these have come from the Religious Right. This book confronts the attacks on public education and commonly used literature books by challenging the religious assumptions, the biblical interpretations, and the intimidation tactics of the Religious Right. Part I counters the claims of these censors by presenting opposing views on democracy, secular humanism, religion, the Bible, morality, and the purposes of literature. In Part II, six books frequently taught in high school classes are analyzed. Edwards shows why they have been challenged by the Religious Right, and presents a case for their moral and religious virtues as well as their literary worth. The book differs from other anti-censorship works because it deals primarily and directly with the religious and moral aspects that educators often tend to avoid. This book offers teachers and school administrators scholarly conterarguments that can help confront with literature challenges from the Religious Right.

The Columbia History of Post World War II America

Author: Mark C Carnes
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231511803
Release Date: 2007-07-06
Genre: History

Beginning with an analysis of cultural themes and ending with a discussion of evolving and expanding political and corporate institutions, The Columbia History of Post-World War II America addresses changes in America's response to the outside world; the merging of psychological states and social patterns in memorial culture, scandal culture, and consumer culture; the intersection of social practices and governmental policies; the effect of technological change on society and politics; and the intersection of changing belief systems and technological development, among other issues. Many had feared that Orwellian institutions would crush the individual in the postwar era, but a major theme of this book is the persistence of individuality and diversity. Trends toward institutional bigness and standardization have coexisted with and sometimes have given rise to a countervailing pattern of individualized expression and consumption. Today Americans are exposed to more kinds of images and music, choose from an infinite variety of products, and have a wide range of options in terms of social and sexual arrangements. In short, they enjoy more ways to express their individuality despite the ascendancy of immense global corporations, and this volume imaginatively explores every facet of this unique American experience.

Child and Adolescent Development in Your Classroom

Author: Christi Crosby Bergin
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285965604
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Education

Covering development from early childhood through high school in an easy-to-follow format, this book provides future teachers with authentic, research-based strategies and guidelines for their classrooms. The authors apply child development concepts to topics of high interest and relevance to teachers, including classroom discipline, constructivism, social-emotional development, and many others. A strong emphasis on diversity among children is reflected throughout. Case studies and real-world vignettes further bridge the distance between research and the classroom, helping future teachers be better prepared to create an environment that promotes optimal development in children. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Socialization of the African American Child

Author: Sekou Clincy
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781449087883
Release Date: 2010-08
Genre: Social Science

The main objective of this book is to afford readers a comprehensive view of the current state of the African American experience from the perspective of a child and youth. Oftentimes, members within and outside the African American community fail to objectively critique this culture. The worst of the culture is perpetuated due to the lack of understanding of the origins of African American history and how that history relates to the socialization process. This book also explores the generational influence in socializing African American children. Beginning with the Great Depression generation to the hip-hop and generation Y generations, the norms and values past down to African American children are examined. As significant as passing down norms and values are, most normally little stock is given by parents toward instilling a sense of honor for community environment and service to others.From society's viewpoint, most Americans feel that only African Americans can shape the development of black children and youth- - a great misconception. There are many white, Native American, Hispanic and Asian teachers involved in the development of African American children. On average, black children/youth spend an average of seven hours in school with educators of all races and ethnicities. However, very few to none of these experiences are in institutional settings where their culture is at the center of learning. Is African American culture on a path towards extinction? Are African American parents and immediate caregivers preparing their children to effectively function in a global technological age?Is African American culture on a path towards extinction? Are African American parents and immediate caregivers preparing their children to properly function in a global technological age? These questions and more will be addressed in this book.

Fostering Change in Institutions Environments and People

Author: David C. Berliner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135246976
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Education

This volume is comprised of contributions from leading scholars in education and psychology. In part one of the book the authors provide insight into the psychology of change, examining: What factors work as catalysts for change in environments, institutions and people What factors hinder change When change is deemed beneficial In the second part of this volume the authors turn their attention to the issue of peace education. They examine the types of problems that societies and scholars should identify and try to solve in hopes of building more peaceful environments. The final chapter is a biography honoring Professor Gavriel (Gabi) Salomon, a significant contributor to the vast literature on change. This book is appropriate reading for professors, students and academics who are dedicated to fostering change to benefit institutions, environments and people.

Citizens by Right

Author: Reva Klein
Publisher: Trentham Books
ISBN: 9781858562209
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Education

A Save the Children project in four inner city primary schools fired the children's enthusiasm for Citizenship Education. Reva Klein describes how the human rights approach trialled in these schools can be adopted by teachers to involve children in this new curriculum subject at Key Stages One and Two. The book supports teachers in two ways: it presents the main Human Rights legislation in the UK and Europe that is relevant to children and those working with them in schools; it offers guidance on classroom activities for each year of primary school that have been proven to engage children and foster their learning; The book will be invaluable in all primary schools. It will also be essential reading for teacher trainers and for all courses on citizenship education at primary level.

Inequity in Education

Author: Debra Meyers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780739133996
Release Date: 2009-10-29
Genre: Education

Inequity in Education represents the latest scholarship investigating issues of race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, and national identity formation that influenced education in America throughout its history. This exciting collection of cutting-edge essays and primary source documents represents a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that will appeal to both social and cultural historians as well as those who teach education courses, including introductory surveys and foundations courses.

President Obama and Education Reform

Author: R. Maranto
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137030931
Release Date: 2012-08-16
Genre: Education

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of President Obama's education agenda. Obama's reforms have drawn skepticism from supporters of traditional public schools. Robert Maranto and Michael McShane believe that the Obama-era reforms have led to successful innovation in both the private and public sector.

Family Ties

Author: Gary Wyatt
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761839119
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Education

Relying on a decade-long participant observation study, this book focuses on the salience of parent-child relationships for home schooling. Those experiences with traditional schools emerge as a major motive for home schooling. The quality of the relationships that develop between parents and children are the major predictor of a successful home schooling experience. Comparing the socialization between traditional schooling and home schools, Family Ties: Relationships, Socialization and Home Schooling investigates significant controversies in these two separate environments. Professor Gary Wyatt is able to represent a parent with both experiences and contends to dispel the typical home schooling critiques. The efforts of home schooling parents to negotiate favorable identities with others and the techniques used to manage the anxiety associated with this unconventional lifestyle are explored.

Poverty and the Underclass

Author: William A. Kelso
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814749005
Release Date: 1994-10-01
Genre: Political Science

The much-heralded War on Poverty has failed. The number of children living in poverty is steadily on the rise and an increasingly destructive underclass brutalizes urban neighborhoods. America's patience with the poor seems to have run out: even cities that have traditionally been havens for the homeless are arresting, harassing, and expelling their street people. In this timely work, William Kelso analyzes how the persistence of poverty has resulted in a reversal of liberal and conservative positions during the last thirty years. While liberals in the 1960s hoped to eliminate the causes of poverty, today they increasingly seem resigned to merely treating its effects. The original liberal objective of giving the poor a helping hand by promoting equal opportunity has given way to a new agenda of entitlements and equal results. In contrast, conservatives who once suggested that trying to eliminate poverty was futile, now seek ways to eradicate the actual causes of poverty. Poverty and the Underclass suggests that the arguments of both the left and right are misguided and offers new explanations for the persistence of poverty. Looking beyond the codewords that have come to obscure the debate—underclass, family values, the culture of poverty,—Kelso emphasizes that poverty is not a monolithic condition, but a vast and multidimensional problem. During his Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton called for an overhaul of the welfare system and spoke of a new covenant to unite both the left and right in developing a common agenda for fighting poverty. In this urgent, landmark work, William Kelso merges conservative, radical, and liberal ideals to suggest how the intractable problem of poverty may be solved at long last by implementing the principles of this new covenant.