The Red Pencil
Convictions from Experience in Education
By (author) Theodore R. Sizer
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Red Pencil by Theodore R. Sizer
Book DescriptionThis engaging and important book is a critique of American education wrapped in a memoir. Drawing on his fifty years as teacher, principal, researcher, professor, and dean, Theodore R. Sizer identifies three crucial areas in which policy discussion about public education has been dangerously silent. He argues that we must break that silence and rethink how to educate our youth. Sizer discusses our failure to differentiate between teaching and learning, noting that formal schooling must adapt to and confront the powerful influences found outside traditional classrooms. He examines the practical as well as philosophical necessity for sharing policy-making authority among families, schools, and centralized governments. And he denounces our fetish with order, our belief that the familiar routines that have existed for generations are the only way to bring learning to children. Sizer provides alternatives to these failed routines--guidelines for creating a new educational system that would, among other things, break with wasteful traditional practice, utilize agencies and arrangements beyond the school building, and design each child's educational program around his or her particular needs and potential.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300109771
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Theodore R. Sizer
Moral Questions in the Classroom, Paperback (October 2003)
In this study, Katherine Simon analyses the ways teachers address or avoid moral issues that arise in middle and high school classrooms, then explains how morally charged issues may be taught responsibly in a diverse democracy.
Students are Watching Us, Paperback (July 2000)View all books by Theodore R. Sizer
Students learn not just from their classes but from their school's routines and rituals, especially about matters of character, the authors claim in this groundbreaking book. They maintain that to raise teens that can make wise decisions, we need to create schools that consistently demonstrate a belief in students.
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Author Biography - Theodore R. Sizer
Theodore R. Sizer is the founder and chairman emeritus of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of schools and centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools. University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and Visiting Professor of Education at Harvard University and Brandeis University, he is the author of many books, including Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School.
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