The Four-Thirds Solution
by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., with Jacqueline Salmon (Perseus Publishing, 11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142; 260 pp., $26 hardcover).
Looks at long-term consequences and possible solutions for what the authors—a practicing child psychiatrist known for research on child development and a Washington Post reporter—call the country’s “massive social experiment” in child care. Suggests the need for a “radical redefinition of family” that will assure very young children more time for active nurturing with at least one parent.
Curriculum and Methods
- The Passionate Learner: How Teachers and Parents Can Help Children Reclaim the Joy of Discovery
by Robert Fried (Beacon Press, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108; 297 pp., $23 hardcover).
A guide by the author of The Passionate Teacher to educating children in ways that maximize their natural curiosity and inborn appetite for knowledge to help them master their world. Uses stories from classrooms to advocate the author’s view of the curriculum as “a web of relationships.”
- Why Schools Matter: A Cross-National Comparison of Curriculum and Learning
by William H. Schmidt, et al. (Jossey-Bass, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94104; 398 pp., $27 hardcover).
A groundbreaking study by seven research scientists of the curriculum-achievement connection in mathematics and science. Offers an in-depth examination of the information that came out of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS, which, beginning in 1995, tracked math and science achievement in 40 countries at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
- Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School
by Elinor Burkett (HarperCollins Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022; 325 pp., $26 hardcover).
An award-winning journalist’s look at high school life in suburban Minneapolis, where she spent a year with students and teachers at one public high school. Her alternately awestruck and horrified reactions to their knowledge and behavior paint a portrait of how the pace and tenor of both daily life and society’s expectations of young people have changed in recent years.
- At Zero Tolerance: Punishment, Prevention, and School Violence
by Ronnie Casella (Peter Lang Publishing, 275 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001; 248 pp., $29.95 paperback).
Examines how the United States has responded to violence in its schools and on its streets, with a critique of “get tough” policies initiated in the 1990s. Advocates violence prevention that addresses issues of school restructuring, handgun policy, vocational education, and popular culture.
- “Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
by Denise Clark Pope (Yale University Press, PO Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520; 212 pp., $24.95 hardcover).
A troubling view of today’s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success, written by a veteran teacher and curriculum expert. Follows five motivated and successful students through a school year, revealing the battles they wage between working hard, on the one hand, and compromising their values to manipulate the system, on the other.
- Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching
by Magdalene Lampert (Yale University Press, PO Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520; 496 pp., $35 hardcover).
Takes the reader into the world of a 5th grade math class for a year and examines what happens there from many different angles. An enlightening look at the complexity of teaching, written by a classroom veteran who is also a noted researcher on teaching.
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A version of this article appeared in the December 12, 2001 edition of Education Week