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Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century. Paperback – June 7, 2011
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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