Schools of Thought
How the Politics of Literacy Shape Thinking in the Classroom
In this study of the effects of school reform policies of the 1980s, Rexford Brown describes a literacy challenge facing the United States - how to create learning environments that teach adults and children to think critically, solve problems, exercise judgement, and learn new skills. To find out how the school reform movement is working toward these ends, Brown visited classrooms across North America, from the backroads of the rural South to unadorned Native American schools, to urban buildings in the industrial northeast, and finally to an Ontario school district. By comparing reform policies currently in place with other policies that really work, Brown outlines the ways in which policymakers, legislators, teachers, administrators, and school boards can effect changes that will lead to a "literacy of thoughtfulness" for the 21st century.
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"Captures the breadth, depth, and urgency of education reform.... I recommend it to other policy makers, whether they be in the midst of reform or contemplating it." --Bill Clinton"Brown imaginatively and uniquely connects rich portraits of classrooms with a vision of how public policy can encourage thoughtfulness in our schools." --Theodore R. Sizer, chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools, Brown University