Horace's Compromise : The Dilemma of the American High School

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  • Copyright: 2004-09-23
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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First published in 1984, this best-selling classic is Theodore Sizer's eloquent call to arms for school reform. In a new preface, Sizer addresses the encouraging movements afoot today for better schools, smaller classes, and fully educated students. Yet, while much has changed for the better in the classroom, much remains the same: rushed classes, mindless tests, overworked teachers. Sizer's insistence that we do more than just compromise for our children's educational futures resonates just as strongly today as it did two decades ago.

Author Biography

Theordore R. Sizer, University Professor Emeritus at Brown Universtiy, is the chairman of the coalition of Essential Schools. He lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2004 Editionp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: Horace's Compromisep. 9
The Studentsp. 23
Five Adolescentsp. 25
Diversityp. 35
Commonalityp. 40
Docilityp. 53
Incentivesp. 59
The Programp. 69
What High School Isp. 71
Purpose: Mind and Characterp. 84
Skills: The Importance of Coachingp. 99
Knowledge: Less Is Morep. 109
Understanding: The Importance of Questionsp. 116
Character: Decencyp. 120
Principals' Questionsp. 131
The Teachersp. 141
Three Teachersp. 143
Agreementp. 154
Motivationp. 161
Conditionsp. 172
Teachersp. 180
Trustp. 195
The Structurep. 203
Hierarchical Bureaucracyp. 205
Better Schoolsp. 214
A Paralysis of Imaginationp. 218
Afterword: An Experiment for Horacep. 222
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
Notesp. 248
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