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About the Author Terry Crawford Palardy grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts. She attended both public and parochial schools in that setting, and then moved to the suburbs, where she attended Northern Essex Community College, then Salem State College (now a University,) Lesley (College) University in Cambridge, MA and finished with a summer course at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her message to her students is that perseverance will bring them to their goal. She completed her teaching career with thirty years, and in those years she taught elementary special education and general education classes, and then middle school; she also taught as adjunct faculty for the graduate school where she had obtained her Masters’ Degree in Cambridge. She is retiring from the Andover Public School System in 2011, and will pursue quilting and writing. Terry is a mother of two and a grandmother of two; she lives with Rick, her husband of more than forty years, and will work with him in their craft store, Wooden Toy and Gift, in Georgetown, Massachusetts, selling beautiful things that make people happy. She has many more books to come, some focusing on woman's role in the twentieth and then early twenty-first century. Some will continue to reflect on changes in education, and others will involve working, family, and the delicate balance of handling a chronic illness. Watch for her future publications at CreateSpace, Amazon.com, and book stores in your area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463526571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463526573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,818,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent, teacher and adminirator, I found "Teaching" to be a thoughtful and insightful reflection of issues that transcend teaching and learning. Each article speaks to the social, emotional, and academic concerns facing students, parents, and teachers. The author, Terry Palardy, is obviously an experienced educator. Her understanding of young adult learners is to be applauded.
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This collection of essays presents key issues in education to both parents and educators in an approachable, easy going manner. Ms. Palardy's writing is grounded in her long career as an educator and a parent and this book is appropriate for both. She uses common experiences and dialogue to delve into topics ranging from education reform to the usefulness of homework and the rank book. The development of each child intellectually, socially and emotionally is a common thread. As an educator, I am familiar with the topics she takes on, but her writing led me to look more carefully at my own practice and approach. Though the pieces were written a few years ago, the ideas continue to be very relevant today.
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In "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," Terry Crawford Palardy writes with compassion, care and love for her profession and her students. They must have been lucky to have her as a teacher.

In a series of essays, Palardy explores timeless educational issues from her experienced perspective. She asks pertinent questions from varying perspectives. In Pendulum, we get a subtle, yet painfully accurate warning that the educational trends swing to extremes. (The current top-down business model of education may have been avoided if those who create education policy were forced to teach elementary school for one year.) Her intelligent writing explores various methods, addresses the intricacies involved in grading and grade inflation, and ends with a discussion with the principal demonstrating educators concerns for more than just academics. I was reading Diane Ravitch's "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education" concurrent with "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," alternating between the two and on a couple occasions, I forgot which I was reading. That puts Palardy in very good company. Palardy is now retired and she is reflecting on her career in education. Let's hope she continues to shed light on an often misunderstood profession.

I am always a bit apprehensive when a fellow writer has favorably reviewed my fiction and then later I review their own work. The task was made easier because "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century" is nonfiction, and I write mostly fiction. Still, in this case, it's even more satisfying to enthusiastically give five stars.

Jeffrey Penn May, author of No Teacher Left Standing
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