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Exploring the myths and realities of today's schools : a candid review of the challenges educators face

Author: Richard P McAdams
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, ©2010.
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This sympathetic look at the daily work life of our educators directly confronts issues with our changing student population, teacher unions, poor family dynamics, financial inequities, and student performance on international achievement tests. The author offers data and insights that counter the conventional wisdom that significant improvements will occur simply by expanding charter schools, by implementing merit  Read more...
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McAdams, Richard P.
Exploring the myths and realities of today's schools.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, ©2010
(DLC) 2010018494
(OCoLC)612349282
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P McAdams
ISBN: 9781607098515 1607098512
OCLC Number: 694772525
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 197 pages)
Contents: Teachers: the heart of the matter --
Daily life of a teacher --
Demographic changes and student achievement --
The impact of teacher unions --
The myth of merit pay --
School charters, vouchers, and privatization --
The legal tangle in education --
Curriculum and instruction: the what and how of schooling --
Students then and now --
The parent factor --
The limits of local control --
School boards --
The superintendent: CEO of the school district --
The critical role of the school principal --
Special education and other special services --
School finance --
Schools as organizations --
International comparisons --
Final exam.
Responsibility: Richard P. McAdams.

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This sympathetic look at the daily work life of our educators directly confronts issues with our changing student population, teacher unions, poor family dynamics, financial inequities, and student performance on international achievement tests. The author offers data and insights that counter the conventional wisdom that significant improvements will occur simply by expanding charter schools, by implementing merit pay for teachers more widely, or by emulating foreign educational systems.

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