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Redesigning Schools: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century


reviewed by Thomas R. Hoerr — 1998

coverTitle: Redesigning Schools: Lessons for the Twenty-First Century
Author(s): Joseph P. McDonald
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: , Pages: 268, Year: 1996
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Analyzing efforts at school change often leads one to conclude that such efforts have much in common with a poor backyard barbecue: There is far more smoke than fire. Despite a flood of commissions, panels, reports, and test scores that shout for redesign and transformation, most schools operate today in the same way that they have functioned for years. While there are exceptions, schools remain more or less impervious to change and, as a result, generations of children suffer. McDonald draws on his experiences with the Coalition of Essential Schools in explaining why this is so and why school change is so difficult. In describing the state of schools, McDonald says" "Many are numbed by antiquated beliefs about what is worth knowing, how learning works, and what learning demands of children. Most are too hardwired; they run well but cannot manage to learn continuously about what they are teaching or the people they are teaching it to. Nor can they adjust that teaching easily, although... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 3, 1998, p. 603-605
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10282, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 1:58:28 PM

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  • Thomas Hoerr
    New City School
    Thomas R. Hoerr is director of the New City School, and independent school in St. Louis, that has been implementing multiple intelligence theory for a decade. He is the author of "When schools listen to parents" (Principal, November 1997).
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