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Teachers, Schools, and Society: A Brief Introduction to Education Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Boston Publishing Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077226763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077226763
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,098,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can either be for them, or for public education, but not both.
shampoodle
Well written with a story to open each chapter which is referred to throughout the chapter, tying together concepts.
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Over all good book for beginner teachers, I strongly recommended it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Trapp on February 23, 2006
Format: Misc. Supplies
The other reviews for this are for the old edition and not the Brief Introduction to Education, so please be aware that the date of the reviews is before this text was published.

In reading the other reviews, it was obvious that the reviewers missed the point of the text--it is to be used in an introductory course, not in a course where preservice or practicing teachers would be designing lessons and units.

This text provides a great overview of the educational issues and problems that someone contemplating becoming a teacher needs to know about before investing time, energy, and money into obtaining certification. The brief version is much better, more up-to-date and student friendly than the original text by Sadker and Sadker.

For anyone contemplating being a teacher, the issues presented in this text may help you decide if you really have what it takes to be a classroom teacher. It gives an overview of the political, economic, and social issues facing educators as well as the historic perspective of American Education.

Well worth the cost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was used for my freshman Foundations of Education course. I found the book a joy to read, and it provided a balanced look at the teaching profession. This one book that will definantly not be sold back. The supplemental materials on the CD-ROM seemed to be high quality, but I disliked having to read them on my computer and ended up ignoring the CD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Colosi on March 3, 2011
Format: CD-ROM
This is a Introduction to Education College textbook. Chapter 5 Reforming America's Schools (Schools as tools for Change) "To re-constructionists, society is broken, it needs to be fixed, and the school is the perfect tool for making the needed repair. To prepare students for such engagement, social democratic re-constructionists, believe that civic learning, educating students for democracy, needs to be on par with other subjects." A social action curriculum.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CBM on October 5, 2010
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This textbook is filled with the authors biased opinions and lacking anything of any real educational value. I don't like being taught from biased sources, whether they be liberal or conservative. Plenty of times I had to stop reading because I became so frustrated by the authors bigotry. I hope teachers will not use this for their class. I have not learned anything of value from this book about the subject I was taking, but I did learn to be on the lookout for people like Sadker who want to convey bigotry in a college setting. I really felt like I wasted my time and money, but fortunately I was able to sell the book back for close to what I paid for it. I can't believe this passes as a college textbook.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tj on April 4, 2011
Format: CD-ROM
This books claims that saying "good morning boys and girls" is on par with making a racist comment. This is simply ludicrous as are many of the assertions made in this book. This books represents why our education system is broken. There is less focus on education and much more on socialization of students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shampoodle on February 16, 2014
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The right-wingers are right to criticize this book. But, just like they do with Obama, they're doing it for the wrong reasons.

The authors aren't racist because they bring up the issue of white privilege. If you really think our education system is a Marxist plot to enslave white people you should stop spending your days oiling your guns in your mom's basement and get out to have a talk with your kid's teachers.

The more dangerous bias in this book is something that most commentators don't mention, maybe because they support it. These authors are slavish, drooling cheerleaders for privatizing our public education system.

In Chapter 5 they let a rain of wet kisses fall all over groups like the Gates Foundation that are spearheading this privatization effort. They get all googly when they mention "making New Orleans a leading laboratory for charter school experiments." And you can almost hear their verbal ejaculation as they get all moist writing about Edison Schools or the fact that "Sylvan is piloting their centers at Wal-Mart so students can be tutored while parents cruise the aisles."

Charter schools are a failure. You can either be for them, or for public education, but not both. As a manual that is supposed to train people to be teachers, this book completely glosses over the many flaws of charter schools.

Almost 30 school districts have cancelled their contracts with Edison Schools because they were so poorly run. Most of these happened before the book was published in 2010, but the book makes no mention of this. Charter schools are used mainly to crush the power of teacher's unions, but any union perspective isn't even mentioned in this chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By student on July 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My college uses this for their introduction to education course. The book touches on the history of education in America, learning styles, multiple intelligences, g/t, special education, students' cultures, ESOL, laws pertaining to educators, reform movements, and so much more. 3 years later this book is always in my living room, car, or backpack. I have referred to it for EVERY education class as well as some content area classes. Well written with a story to open each chapter which is referred to throughout the chapter, tying together concepts. Useful inclusion of graphic organizers, one of the most comprehensive websites I've seen for a textbook. I would highly recommend this book for any college or university looking for a text for their first course in their education sequence, and as a supplement for any education student that did not feel their assigned text was useful.
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