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Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America's 45,000* Failing Public Schools Hardcover – March 5, 2013
“Raising the Curve is more than just a fascinating glimpse at life on the front lines of teaching. It’s an education.”—Taylor Mali
“In a compulsively readable and fast-paced chronicle of the lives of administrators, teachers, and students, Berler captures the deep love the teachers have for their students and the teachers’ struggles to teach to the test while hoping to instill a love of learning.”—Publishers Weekly
“Berler’s ability to recount the struggles of failing schools through the viewpoints of its primary players—students, teachers and administrators—provides new insight.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Ron Berler has devoted much of his career to reporting on youth issues. He wrote a weekly kids’ issues column for the Chicago Tribune; served as editor in chief of NBA Inside Stuff, a pro-basketball magazine for teens; and wrote about youth sports injuries for The New York Times Magazine. He has authored one children’s book, The Super Book of Baseball, and edited another, Rising Stars: The 10 Best Young Players in the NBA. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Wired, Men’s Journal, and ESPN.com, among other publications.
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Top customer reviews
Instead, every single page has had me mentally nodding and murmuring, "This is so familiar.....so familiar." It is SO "the way it is." The author doesn't sensationalize, and he seemed to have selected an "average" Title I school, not an extreme inner city school.
In fact, what surprised me is the school is in Connecticut, which is supposed to be one of the top-achieving states. I teach in the south in a state that has sunk to 48th in the nation in pupil spending. There are no unions here (not allowed), so we are fortunate if we get 15 minutes of duty-free lunch (many schools in my district do not even have that), to give one small example of our working conditions. I think of everything as better in a place like Connecticut public schools. Better paid teachers, better working conditions, tons of resources thrown at kids to help them achieve. I expect them to be farther along in innovation. But in actuality, my district adopted Reading Recovery and Lucy Calkins' workshop model long before the school featured in the book. We were pushed to collaborate, collaborate, collaborate; to open those classroom doors and share with our colleagues.
This book is my favorite kind of book: nonfiction that reads like fiction. It gives a very true picture of teaching today.