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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028740181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028740188
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a world gone mad for something, anything, to repair the ills of our fledgling education system, David Perkins is a welcome voice of reason. He provides readers with a clear description of the problems in our current system and offers common-sense educational solutions.

This is not a reactionary, radical reformist volume which advocates the dismantling of education as we know it in favor of untested theories. Rather, Perkins defines a logical system of educational beliefs which are based upon sound research and work toward clearly defined educational goals.

Perkins writes with a clarity and simplicity that is all too rare among educators. He uses no educational jargon without first defining it in an understandable way. Further, he provides a checklist for educational change which will assist concerned parents, educators, and administrators in systematically implementing his recomendations.

In its organization, content, and writing, "Smart Schools" exemplifies all that our education system should foster in our children to prepare them for an active and significant role in the shaping of our world's future. If you are concerned with the quality of our children's education, you must have this book in your library.
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This book has started conversations among our teachers about exciting teaching. It is packed with ideas on student-centered learning, and has been the catalyst for many teaching workshops for our school. A must read for any serious teacher, administrator, etc. Mary Kathryn Villere Academic Assistant Principal St. Scholastica Academy Covington, LA
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As the new millennium draws ever near, it is with bittersweet sensibility that as we look to the future of education with promising successes, we also reflect on the past at acknowledged failures. Despite continued advances in technology which should have at least guaranteed intellectual competency, academic mastery remains elusive. Impassioned debates abound in many arenas confirming the urgency of our plight. In his book "Smart Schools", David Perkins provides thoughtful insight into our classrooms and the ongoing challenge of educating our children. Numerous reforms and popular theories are explored with critical commentary. Situational examples are plentiful and serve to further support his views. Skillfully, Mr. Perkins constructs the school of the future demonstrating that a smart school is not only possible but necessary. Practical innovations regarding what to teach and how to teach are clearly outlined with cross curricular examples provided. The role of education with the intent to learn is redefined and strategies for success abound restoring a much needed sense of hope to our educational system. Effective change is possible but admittedly it won't be easy. A strong commitment by all is essential if his vision is to succeed. Change is often difficult and finding a starting point may be even harder. Perhaps the first step should be to read this book. Then the path will be easy to follow.
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AWESOME BOOK! Read this for my class in educability of children and this book will be one of my resources as it presents some good ideas on how to help children learn - and enjoy the process. The best idea is that rather than sweeping changes across the country we look to create small Victory Gardens in our own backyards based on the needs and abilities of our own students. After all education is not a one size fits all proposition. We need to find ways to grow our own best practices to help our children become t he best they can be!
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