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ISBN: 0300109776
Author: Theodore R. Sizer
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 28, 2005)
Pages: 160
Category: Schools & Teaching
Subcategory: Formation
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This engaging and important book is a critique of American education. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Red Pencil: Convictions from Experience in Education.

He even connects to some earlier reform efforts through his father.

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This engaging and important book is a critique of American education wrapped in a memoir. He argues that we must break that silence and rethink how to educate our youth. The Red Pencil is a lively romp through contested educational terrain.

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This engaging and important book is a critique of American education wrapped in a memoir

This engaging and important book is a critique of American education wrapped in a memoir.

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and chairman of the education department at Brown University.

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This engaging and important book is a critique of American education wrapped in a memoir. Drawing on his fifty years as teacher, principal, researcher, professor, and dean, Theodore R. Sizer identifies three crucial areas in which policy discussion about public education has been dangerously silent. He argues that we must break that silence and rethink how to educate our youth.Sizer discusses our failure to differentiate between teaching and learning, noting that formal schooling must adapt to and confront the powerful influences found outside traditional classrooms. He examines the practical as well as philosophical necessity for sharing policy-making authority among families, schools, and centralized governments. And he denounces our fetish with order, our belief that the familiar routines that have existed for generations are the only way to bring learning to children. Sizer provides alternatives to these failed routines―guidelines for creating a new educational system that would, among other things, break with wasteful traditional practice, utilize agencies and arrangements beyond the school building, and design each child’s educational program around his or her particular needs and potential.

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Bundis
I cannot agree with Sizer. My goal as a mathematics professor is for the students to understand the material, starting from the principles, and applying the logic. We need to examine the principles for empirical verification. In order to accomplish any goal, we must clearly state the goal at the outset. The goal of education is rational thinking. This is true for the most part, even though there are other parts, such as sports and arts. How do we state the goal? By asking ourselves, "What's the problem?" See Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better: Things to Help Students Think and To Do Better in School and In Life for a discussion of this point. What is rational thinking, our educational goal, the failure of which leads to the downfall of society? See the new book, Rational Thinking, Government Policies, Science, and Living. Rational thinking starts with clearly stated principles, continues with logical deductions, and then examines empirical evidence to possibly modify the principles.

However, there are plenty of interesting statements. Here are a few:

p. 15. "What counts is with whom a young person consorts and what images invade his world."

p. 23. "Virtually all of the media intrusion is attached to commerce. Much of it is advertising, and advertising, if not by definition then by demonstrable practice, marches at the edges of deceit, teaching a dubious moral message.

p. 112. "Data emerging from forty years of research strongly suggest that no child's accomplishment can be accurately and fairly assessed by a single test.
Lightwind
Theodore Sizer and his wife were intimately involved in just about every aspect of education reform from the 1950's till his death in 2007. He even connects to some earlier reform efforts through his father. And, to add to his credentials, it must be added that Sizer did just about every job in the education world from high school teacher to school principal to college professor and, lastly, founder of a charter movement. Along the way Sizer also found time to observe thousands of classrooms and interview thousands of students. Those quotes are sprinkled throughout his many books.
This, his last book, is hopeful. Given that many of his best contemporaries including John Holt, John Taylor Gatto and Gerald Bracey embraced varying degrees of pessimism about American education it is interesting that Sizer never joined them. In Red Pencil Sizer asks the 64 dollar question: if so much of our system is screwed up why isn't anyone willing to take the risk of trying to do something different? He gives various explanations all revolving around people's fear of change and risk. Then, in the last chapter, Sizer says, you know what? Some people are really trying to change things--charter schools like the one he founded based upon principles outlined in this book. You will have to decide whether you think Sizer's principles can save American education, or at least move it in a positive direction. Sizer, himself, was hopeful that the charter movement was empowering some individuals to "discomfort the guardians of the status quo", but he also recognized that there were plenty of people trying to keep that status quo intact. Who will win--or whether there will be a clear winner--remains to be seen.
DrayLOVE
I couldn't help but feel compelled to write a review after I read the previous review. If you like Dewey or Adler, you will really enjoy this book. Sizer draws from both Dewey and Adler's ideas and points out all the problems with education today. Sizer has years of experience in various areas of education which does nothing more than to give his words even more value. The book is written in first person, so you actually get to live through some of his experiences which brings him to his idea of reformed education. Sizer's coalition of essential schools are interesting and provide one of the best models for education up until this point. If you want to find more information about this model before reading the book, look up Coalition of Essential Schools. They are charter schools located throughout the U.S. that are using this model. This is a must read for anyone who wants to read about contemporary education and understand where we have come from. This book isn't that negative as the previous reader mentioned. It is no more negative than Dewey's "Experience and Education."
Early Waffle
This is book is so out of date that it is pointless to read and certainly to buy. Five of his seven points have already been implemented in education and most of the book is really his memoirs and bashing the Latin class he took in 1946. How is this relevant to education today? I can't believe I read the whole thing and now have to base lesson plans upon it.

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