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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: FriesenPress (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460225481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460225486
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Greene is the author of recently published DOING THE RIGHT THING: A Teacher Speaks.

He is a former High School Social Studies teacher and coach in The Bronx, Greenburgh NY, and Scarsdale NY. He has been an adjunct for Fordham University, mentoring Teach For Americans in the Bronx. He is a staff member of WISE Services, an advisor to the Foundation For Male Studies, a HS football coach, and is the treasurer of Save Our Schools March.

Mr. Greene has been referenced by Christina Hoff Sommers, in her book, The War against Boys. He has given talks on the issues of boys in schools in Scarsdale and for Dominican College and Westchester Community College. He assisted in the organization of The Foundation For Male Studies'Annual Conferences On Male Studies. He has had work published in Ed Week on line and has also been referenced by Valerie Strauss in her Washington Post web based column, The Answer Sheet. He has appeared on "Bronx Talk" with Gary Axelbank. Most recently he has been the author of the most responded to Sunday Dialogue letter in the New York Times entitled, "A Talent For Teaching", May, 4, 2013.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Meyer on July 15, 2014
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It is time for every American to question the direction the politicians and media, as bidders for corporate America, have pushed the agenda regarding public education. Important to understanding the real issues is taking the opportunity to listen to actual educators, especially those who have experience, a wealth of knowledge, and a considered mind backed by research and evidence. David Greene is one such voice; an important voice worth listening to. As an educator with a graduate degree is Educational Psychology and as a father of two boys, I especially appreciated his chapter on how to educate boys. We fail boys, we fail poor children, and we blame the teachers. Read this book to begin understanding why blaming teachers will do little to cure what actually ails in public education.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on February 18, 2014
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Some one had to say it. A very good book if you have children in school a must read. Gives an honest inside view about what is wrong with education in this country and what WE have to do to fix it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inky Winkings on August 31, 2014
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Apparently "Dienne" got a copy of the book that was a "printer's proof" that should never have been released to the public. The copy I bought from Dave himself about a month ago had no typos or other such goofs that I have come across so far, though I haven't finished the entire thing yet.
I will check, but I very much doubt that Greene is actually in favor of Doug Lemov's teaching methods or anything like that, and in fact I think Dienne is attributing ideas to Dave that are diametrically opposed to what he really thinks. Perhaps it's those typos?

Would Dave mind sending her a corrected copy?

Will post more after checking.

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I've now skimmed pretty much the entire book. I see no typos or sloppy editing. Greene does quote Lemov from time to time, but some of the excerpts criticize Lemov's and some of them are approving. Perhaps the garbled copy caused the confusion. I personally think Lemov's teaching approach is scary.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2013
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This book is brilliant. It is a perfectly written perspective from the inside. The implications of Greene's insights are urgent and paramount to the institution of Public Education. This book should be required reading for all teacher training programs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 2greatboys on February 27, 2014
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Any student majoring in teaching, or thinking of becoming a teacher, a parent who craves knowledge on our children's education system. If you want to do the right thing.....I recommend reading this book.
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