9780807031131

The Power of Their Ideas

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807031131

  • ISBN10:

    0807031135

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2002-08-16
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Summary

The extraordinary and untold story of John Brewster Jr., a preeminent Deaf American artist Deborah Meier's acclaimed first book, with a new preface "The founder and principal of excellent small schools in East Harlem . . . Meier wants to make all students capable of participating in and sustaining a democracy. . . . Doubters must read Deborah Meier to take a look at that success up close, to watch it begin and grow and flourish." -Lorene Cary, The New York Times Book Review "Meier pledges her faith 'in the extraordinary untapped capacities of all our children'; but, unlike so many radical reformers, she is also firmly rooted in the reality of the classroom. . . .What has propelled people like Meier from the periphery to the center of the ongoing school debate is the recognition that a new and different form of public school is no longer a luxury." -James Traub, The New Yorker "Written in prose that runs like a clear stream past the sludge of educational discourse. . . .The fate of public education today depends on whether we listen to . . . the Deborah Meiers of the land." -Joseph Featherstone, The Nation "A fiery manifesto of Meier's plan for the salvation of public education." -Los Angeles Times "A book not of blueprints and slogans, but of essays-reflective and analytical. The Power of Their Ideas is the product of a lively mind." -The Washington Post "Anyone who wants to get insight into the current waves of endless 'reform' debate should read it." -Philadelphia Inquirer

Author Biography

Deborah Meier is the MacArthur Award-winning founder of the Central Park East School in East Harlem and the Mission Hill School in Boston. The author of The Power of Their Ideas and Will Standards Save Public Education? (Beacon / 0441-3 / $12.00 pb), she lives in Hillsdale, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface 2002 vii
Preface 1995 xi
In Defense of Public Education
3(12)
Central Park East: An Alternative Story
15(32)
The School at Work
47(20)
Myths, Lies, and Other Dangers
67(24)
Choice Can Save Public Education
91(16)
Small Schools
107(14)
Respect
121(8)
Reinventing Teaching
129(32)
It's Academic: Why Kids Don't Want to Be ``Well-Educated''
161(18)
On Failure, Persistence, and Public Education
179(8)
Suggested Readings 187

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