Will Standards Save Public Education?

Deborah Meier, Joshua Cohen

Will Standards Save Public Education?
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Will Standards Save Public Education?

Deborah Meier, Joshua Cohen

Somewhere… there is a place of sanity where education is intense and substantive… . It’s in that place that Deborah Meier has been working all these years. Her voice conveys a life of struggle in the front lines-victories and losses, hopes and disappointments… . It’s a voice our nation needs to hear. –Jonathan Kozol, from the Foreword Acclaimed educator Deborah Meier offers a fresh take on standardized tests. While others have criticized standards and what they measure, Meier rejects the very idea of a centralized authority that dictates how and what teachers teach. Standardization, she argues, prevents citizens-including teachers-from emerging as thoughtful, responsible adults, seriously engaged with shaping their own schools, classrooms, and communities. As a result, young people can’t learn from them how to be thoughtful, responsible adults and good citizens, the primary goal of public education in a democracy. The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. A civic treasure… . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache. –Robert Pinsky

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