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Horace's Compromise The Dilemma of the American High School

ISBN-10: 0618516069
ISBN-13: 9780618516063
Edition: 2004
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Description: First published in 1984, this best-selling classic is Theodore Sizer's eloquent call to arms for school reform. In a new preface, Sizer addresses the encouraging movements afoot today for better schools, smaller classes, and fully educated students.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

First published in 1984, this best-selling classic is Theodore Sizer's eloquent call to arms for school reform. In a new preface, Sizer addresses the encouraging movements afoot today for better schools, smaller classes, and fully educated students. Yet, while much has changed for the better in the classroom, much remains the same: rushed classes, mindless tests, overworked teachers. Sizer's insistence that we do more than just compromise for our children's educational futures resonates just as strongly today as it did two decades ago.

American educator Theodore Sizer was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and was educated at Yale and Harvard universities. He has served as headmaster of Phillips Academy, dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, and is currently professor of education and chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University. For over 25 years, Sizer has been one of the leading critics of American education in the United States, endorsing structural and curricular reform in order to improve the public schools. In addition to being the author of numerous books, he also has written for a number of journals, including Saturday Review and Psychology Today.

Preface to the 2004 Edition
Introduction
Prologue: Horace's Compromise
The Students
Five Adolescents
Diversity
Commonality
Docility
Incentives
The Program
What High School Is
Purpose: Mind and Character
Skills: The Importance of Coaching
Knowledge: Less Is More
Understanding: The Importance of Questions
Character: Decency
Principals' Questions
The Teachers
Three Teachers
Agreement
Motivation
Conditions
Teachers
Trust
The Structure
Hierarchical Bureaucracy
Better Schools
A Paralysis of Imagination
Afterword: An Experiment for Horace
Acknowledgments
Notes

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