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TEACHING

  • Not Another Apple for the Teacher: Hundreds of Fascinating Facts From the World of Education by Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo (Conari Press, 300 Monte Vista #102, Oakland, CA 94611; 245 pp., $12.95 paperback).

This humorous book contains over 500 fun and informative, but little-known, facts about teachers, students, administrators, and schools. In the authors' own words: "This is a book for teachers who think and laugh. ... Instead of sweet platitudes, it's a book of fun, odd, illuminating, and sometimes sad facts."

  • Teaching and Schooling in America Pre- and Post-September 11 by Allan C. Ornstein (Allyn & Bacon, 75 Arlington St., Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116; 512 pp., $44 paperback).

Using humor and history, a well-regarded educational researcher and St. John's University professor asks readers to re-examine their views of the issues of schooling and society through the prism of 2,500 years of philosophical and educational thought. Calling his book "highly opinionated" in the lively introduction, Allan Ornstein invites readers to talk back by writing to him. "This is a serious book, dealing with life and death, peace and war, good and evil, inequality and equality, race, culture, and gender over several centuries," he writes. "In effect, this is a serious statement about education— about teaching and schooling." Beginning with the ancient Greeks and ending with post-9/11 American society, the book touches on topics that include religion, morality, justice, colonialism, global poverty, terrorism, and cloning.

  • Testing Is Not Teaching: What Should Count in Education by Donald H. Graves (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801; 100 pp., $15 paperback).

A former teacher, principal, and language supervisor who is now a professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire advocates for teachers and argues against the recent push for high-stakes testing and what he sees as narrow standards in public schools. The volume's 22 essays discuss topics that range from the ways testing encroaches on teacher freedom to how standards that are too narrow can actually reduce student achievement. He speaks out for teachers, he says, because he cares about students, the practice of teaching, and teachers' professional dignity.

EDUCATIONAL THOUGHT

  • Class Warfare: Besieged Schools, Bewildered Parents, Betrayed Kids, and the Attack on Excellence by J. Martin Rochester (Encounter Books, 665 Third St., Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94107; 250 pp., $26.95 hardcover).

Described as a "first-hand account of the Great American Education War," this volume includes pronouncements on the so-called reading wars, math wars, and testing wars. It was written by a political scientist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who became involved in such issues when his children attended school. Today a "pack pedagogy" has triumphed over parent resistance to such ideas as whole language, fuzzy math, multiple-intelligences theory, and the therapeutic classroom, he charges.

  • Dewey in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 1332 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60622; 90 pp., $6.95 paper, $14.95 cloth).

Part of the publishing house's "90 Minutes" series on the world's greatest thinkers, this concise, expert account of John Dewey's life and ideas gives readers a window to understanding his enduring influence on American education and social thought. The book also includes selections from his work, a brief list of suggested readings, and chronologies that place Dewey within his age and the broader history of philosophy.

Vol. 22, Issue 20, Page 35

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