Game of School Why We All Play It, How It Hurts Kids,and What It Will Take to Change It

ISBN-10: 0787973475
ISBN-13: 9780787973476
Edition: 2005
Authors: Robert L. Fried
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Students play it, teachers perpetuate it, parents condone it, principals endorse it, and governments legislate it. The "game of school" is that familiar scenario where students' natural curiosity and desire to learn are replaced with a frantic rush (or a compliant shrug) to do the work, please the teacher, and get the grades. This game is easy to master, but exerts a high price. Can we afford to pay the price in wasted time and idle minds? In this compelling book, Robert L. Fried shows how we can change the rules of the game, reclaim and refocus the learning experience, and ultimately bring joy back into the classroom. The Game of School is filled with interviews and stories of teachers and students who are struggling to put the game of school behind them and engage in authentic learning. We experience the excitement of the first day of first grade; listen to urban teens discuss Shakespeare's Othello; and meet a college student who is beginning to question her long disengagement with learning. We are introduced to seven types of learners--from "go-getters" to "pluggers" to "rebels"--and find out how the game shapes their relationship to schooling and life.

Seymour Sarason is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is the author of over forty books and is considered to be one of the most significant researchers in education and educational psychology in the country.Robert Fried is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Northeastern University, and is the author of The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide and The Passionate Learner: How Teachers and Parents Can Help Children Reclaim the Joy of Discovery.

Prelude: What's in a Game?
Wasting Time
Interlude: Elcira Delgado's Show
The Game of School up Through the Grades
Interlude: Heidi Thomas's First Day of First Grade
Being Curious, Feeling Powerful, and Telling the World What You Know
Interlude: "Something So Good Wuz Neva So Deadly"
Contemplating Our State Religion, and the Types of Learners Who Attend School Within Its Shadow
Interlude: Abd Al-Maalik, High School History Teacher
Humanizing "School Talk" in Pursuit of Authentic Learning
Interlude: nurturing Passionate Teachers: Making Our Work Transparent Randall Wisehart
Getting Stuck
Interlude: Fried's Joy and Misery Index for Educators
No Time to Waste
Interlude: Jenny O'Neil and City Year: Building a Beloved Community
Coda: A Lesson Before Teaching
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Acknowledgments

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