By Ursula Ahern

Have you requested your self, "Why can we do this?" whilst confronted with the daily realities of college, corresponding to document playing cards, standardized checks, or textbooks? likelihood is, while you are like such a lot american citizens, you have not. William Spady has, besides the fact that, and in past Counterfeit Reforms he questions the dead-end assumptions of yank schooling. He asserts a suite of 5 "research realities" that are supposed to be the basis of any really learner-centered procedure: Human capability, Human studying, domain names of dwelling, destiny stipulations, and lifestyles functionality. not just does Spady completely articulate the undesirable information concerning the deep organizational flaws in our colleges, yet he develops the version of a complete studying Community--a profoundly compelling description of a potential schooling and society which makes present reform tools glance superficial and erroneous compared.

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Step 5: Mobilizing Resources to Support Learning 181 Epilogue: The Culminating Step: Forging an Authentic Future for All Learners 195 Invitations to Act by Arnold F. Fege and Ursula M. Ahern 201 Bibliography 211 About the Author 215 About the Contributors 216 Page v FOREWORD The mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled. —Plutarch A little more than ten years ago, I reluctantly wandered into a theater in my hometown to listen to a day-long presentation about the need for school reform.

And (2) the courses are almost all divided into two categories: academic and applied. ” This profoundly false, counterproductive, and misleading myth has been driving education forever; and, as we'll see in chapters 4 and 6, it is limiting our vision of education, ignoring the talents and shortchanging the Page xxiv opportunities of countless learners, and jeopardizing our future as a nation. It's a dominant feature of the territory, so watch for it: Academic = Rigorous = Smart Applied = Practical = Dumb It's everywhere, today's reforms embrace it, and it's hogwash!

Anything we learned or did with more depth and integrity than this “points minimum” was the result of our parents’ expectations, our own motivation, and the dedication and extra effort of our highly professional teachers. Otherwise, our points were our achievement, and our achievement—our GPA—was who we were in the system's eyes, for better or for worse. Page xxi THE FIVE AGENDAS CALLED LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT A key part of knowing the territory of school is recognizing that just about anything and everything that moves in schools is called, or is treated in some way or other as, learning and achievement.

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