Like New. Clean book. A study of the ninth grade in three Boston-area high schools that presents a behind-the-scenes view of the process of educational change in two public and one private institutions. 291pp. Index. Notes. Foreword by Theodore R. Sizer.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-06-27 This study of the ninth grade in three Boston-area high schools--two public, one private--presents an objective, behind-the-scenes view of the process of educational change. Much has been written about the need for reform of American pedogogy and one of the more creative, and apparently successful, programs is the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), a construct of Brown University educational specialist Theodore Sizer. To the extent that each school integrated CES philosophy--clear academic goals, core values shared by an involved community and collaboration among teachers, students, parents and others--the systemic change is achieving noticeable results in varying degrees. The most promising seems to be the private school for a host of reasons, especially because it is small and autonomous. Wagner's compelling appraisal of dedicated educators at work delivers a strong message. The author is an assistant professor of education at the University of New Hampshire. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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