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Schools that Work: 2America's Most Innovative Public Education Programs Hardcover – April 1, 1992

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Wood, Ohio University professor of education, here provides a restorative respite amid the blare of educational summits, proposals for school reform and clamor for mandated standards. The hubbub, he writes, is motivated by economic fears that the U.S. will become a third-rate country, while there is little concern for producing individuals who function well in a democracy and love learning. The author dwells on achievements, and emphasizes the classroom rather than national standards. We are taken on a delightful tour of schools in such places as East Harlem in New York City; Winnetka, Ill.; Winchester, N.H.; and Rabun Gap, Ga., where students express excitement about learning. One example: a peek into a classroom where science students take daily notes on the progress of a deteriorating pumpkin. This wonderfully practical book lays down goals and guidelines, offers examples and warns of obstacles; teachers and principals describe what they had to overcome in order to create stimulating educational environments that defy prescribed curricula. The book is at once concrete and visionary.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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There are successful schools in spite of what the media reports. Wood, coauthor of Introduction to Teaching (Allyn & Bacon, 1988) and Justice, Ideology, and Education (McGraw Hill, 1987), presents examples of what he considers excellence in education for others to model within their bailiwick. Time is spent explicating programs in Raban Gap, Georgia (Foxfire), Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS) in Harlem, Hubbard Woods Elementary in Winnetka, Illinois, the Fratney School in Milwaukee, and schools in Athens County, Ohio. He states that these schools struggle against the misguided mandates of those who know little of how schools really operate. Wood submits that these schools succeed because they are undergirded by principles of compassion, connection, and learning by doing; factors overlooked in the A Nation at Risk -type reform proposals. This is recommended for all collections and is complementary to Edward Fiske's Smart Schools, Smart Kids ( LJ 8/91), Marvin Cetron's Educational Renaissance ( LJ 12/90), and Edward Pauley's The Classroom Crucible ( LJ 4/1/91).
- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525934219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525934219
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
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Wood's book explores innovative teaching ideas in the public school system. A good read for any parent, teacher, administrator, or student interested in how a good school system should work. The book includes profiles of rural, suburban, and inner city high schools and elementary schools that went from being some of the worst in the state to having nearly 100% graduation rates through innovative programs. However, the book does seem slightly out-dated and some of the programs that seemed "innovative" in 1986 may not be so today. The reading at time can be slightly boring but it is still an informative book. I also rec. "Fiske's Smart Kids, Smart Schools".
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By David on November 7, 2013
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This is a great critique and I was waiting in eager anticipation to receive it and it was not a disappointment
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