Fourth grade is ground zero in the fierce debates about education reform in America. ItOCOs when kids (well, some of them) make the shift from ?learning to readOCO to ?reading to learn, OCO and tomes have been written about the fourth-grade year by educators, administrators, philosophers, and pundits. Now, in a fascinating and groundbreaking book, Inda Schaenen adds the voices of actual fourth-grade kids to the conversation. Schaenen, a journalist turned educator, spent a year traveling across the state of Missouri, the geographical and spiritual center of the country, visiting fourth-grade classrooms of every description: public, private, urban, rural, religious, charter. qSpeaking of Fourth Gradeq looks at how our different approaches to education stack up against one another and chronicles what kids at the heart of our great, democratic education experiment have to say about ?What Makes a Good TeacherOCO and ?What Makes a Good Student, OCO as well as what they think about the Accelerated Reader programs that dominate public school classrooms, high-stakes testing, and the very purpose of school in the first place. A brilliant and original work at the intersection of oral history, sociology, and journalism, qSpeaking of Fourth Gradeq offers unique insight into the personal consequences of national education policy. The voices of the children in qSpeaking of Fourth Gradeq will stay with readers?parents, teachers, and others?for many years to come. qaquot;Speaking of Fourth Gradeaquot; looks at how our different approaches to education stack up against one another and chronicles what kids at the heart of our great, democratic education experiment have to say about ?What Makes a Good TeacherOCO ...
|Title||:||Speaking of Fourth Grade|
|Publisher||:||The New Press - 2014-05-28|