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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Ulan Press (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6RV8XO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By Kevin Currie-Knight VINE VOICE on May 2, 2009
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Once, William Bagley was known as a formidable critic of John Dewey and the excesses of progressive education. Since then, Bagley has been quite unjustly forgotten, even though much of what he foresaw has come to fruition. Lack of discipline has interfered with student ability to learn, over-focus on making lessons relevant to kids lives have created students who will not tolerate learning anything outside of their immediate interest. Under-focus on the tried-and-true method of drilling and fact recall have created students who cannot think critically because they have nothing to think ABOUT. Bagley saw all of this and spoke out about it. Now that much of his warnings have shown true, Bagley's work has become even more valuable.

First, do not get the wrong impression. Bagley was not a critic of all things progressive, and was certainly not a reactionary. He simply advocated that progressivism not be pushed to excess. We don't want to be Draconian OR say no to discipline; rather, we want to use discipline sparingly but effectively. We don't want to relentlessly drill rote facts into students OR say no to drilling fact, but rather, achieve a good balance between factual learning and activity.

The first several essays display Bagley's admiration for the teaching profession. (He was, himself, a teacher and principal.) "Craftmanship in Teaching" and "Optimism in Teaching" offer exaltation of teaching and a plea for teachers never to stop believing in the potential of students. The next few essays, such as "The Test of Efficiency in Supervision," are reminders that, just as in any profession, the scientific process of trial and error must and should be employed to find out what works in the classroom and what doesn't.
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There is something wrong about the book. I think the book was just reprinted from an old copy with labels and marks on it. It is not a new book. There are so many print problems on this book. I wish I could show you some pictures I took from it. I was upset about it. Could anyone contact me to solve the problem?
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