Wounded by School Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing up to Old School Culture

ISBN-10: 0807749559
ISBN-13: 9780807749555
Edition: 2009 (Revised)
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Description: How do we recognize the "wounds" caused by outdated schooling policies? How do we heal them? In her provocative new book, education writer and critic Kirsten Olson brings to light the devastating consequences of an educational approach that values  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 12/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

How do we recognize the "wounds" caused by outdated schooling policies? How do we heal them? In her provocative new book, education writer and critic Kirsten Olson brings to light the devastating consequences of an educational approach that values conformity over creativity, flattens students' interests, and dampens down differences among learners. Drawing on deeply emotional stories, Olson shows that current institutional structures do not produce the kinds of minds and thinking that society really needs. Instead, the system tends to shame, disable, and bore many learners. Most importantly, she presents the experiences of wounded learners who have healed and shows what teachers, parents, and students can do right now to help themselves stay healthy.

Kirsten Olson is Chief Listening Officer at Old Sow Coaching and Consulting, where she works with education and learning-sector leaders nationally and internationally. nbsp;She received a masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is also the author nbsp;Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up To Old School Culture (Teachers College Press, 2009) and Schools as Colonizers (Verlag, 2008). nbsp; Kirsten is a founding board member of the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), a national not-for-profit organized to create greater educational equity, social justice, and to foster passionate learning.nbsp;

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Big Changes in the Educational Landscape
My Own Children Start School
Going Deeper
So Who Is This Book For?
Broken
What Are School Wounds?
"I Felt Sick in School"
"I Take It Offensive"
"I'm in the Middle"
The Wounded Parent: "I Feel Helpless About Saving My Son"
The Wounded Adult: "School Is Not a Distant Mirror"
These Stories Are Emblematic
But Aren't Schools Better Than They Were Before?
Kinds of Wounds
Learning as Pleasure
"Completely Filled with the Joy of Learning"
"But Please Don't Tell People It Should Be Easy"
Wounds of Creativity
Wounds of Compliance
Wounds of Rebelliousness
Wounds That Numb
Wounds of Underestimation
Wounds of Perfectionism
Wounds of the Average
Commonalities
Why Do Schools Lacerate?
Outmoded Institutions: The Legacy of Rip Van Winkle
Old-Fashioned Ideas About Knowledge
New Skills and Attributes Demanded
Outmoded Ideas of Human Ability
From Teaching to Learning: We Aren't Good Diagnosticians
Schools Are Deliberately Designed to Sort and Track
Inculcating the "Hidden Curriculum"
New Ideas About Schools
Healing
How Do People Heal?
"I Needed a String of Successes"
School Wounds Are Often Invisible
Cultural Denial
"My Creativity Is a Large Part of My Intelligence"
"I Felt I Was Bad, Almost Morally Defective"
"You See What They Think About You When You Act a Fool"
A Break in the Clouds
Stages of Healing
Profound Gifts Nearly Lost
The Blame Trap
Commonalities of the Healing Process
Exercises to Foster Healing
Wounded Schools
Schools Are Wounded
Learning to Change/Changing to Learn
Teaching Is a Complex Technical Job
A Teacher Prepares
New Research on Brains
Implications for Productive Learning Environments
Vital Variety of Learners
Schools of the Future: From Teaching to Learning
Parents Who Heal
School Is Difficult Terrain: It Was "Educational Malpractice"
Parents' Own Ghosts
No Bake Sale: Schools Are Designed to Keep Parents Out
Parental Involvement Influenced by Class and Culture
Effort Versus Ability: "Look Smart, Don't Look Dumb"
Demystifying Learning
Unmasking the Myths of Schooling
Supporting Critical Inquiry
"Drawing a Fuller Portrait": Advocating for and Supporting Your Child
Reframing Positively
"It's Just School"
Teachers Who Heal
"A Teacher Accepts Children as They Are, Not as He or She Would Like Them to Be": Two Recollections
The New Professional
Students Healing One Another
A Nonconformist's Educational Journey
Critical Inquiry About School: Starting a Consciousness-Raising Group
Becoming Metacognitive About Learning
Students Becoming Active to Change Schools
Opting Out of the System: Homeschooling
Changes in Thinking About the Nature of Education
Notes
Index
About the Author

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