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Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of Learning


reviewed by Laura Reza-Hernandez — 2004

coverTitle: Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of Learning
Author(s): Jacqueline Grennon Brooks
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 08712065877, Pages: 153, Year: 2002
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In recent years, reform movements have focused on closing the achievement gap, a gap defined by standardized test scores.  Although, there is solid evidence of a definite gap between certain groups of students, the conversation often does not move beyond the issue of test scores and into a deeper understanding of learning. Jacqueline Grennon Brooks’s book, Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of Learning, is a call for readers to reflect upon and critically examine our current educational culture of testing as a measure of learning and to discuss the quality of education. Her mission as an educator is to “make school a place in which my students do not simply ‘put in time’ but one where they invest time and effort in solving problems that they see as relevant (p. ix).” Her book builds on this notion by deconstructing the standards movement, evaluating teaching practices, analyzing the culture of schooling, and examining learning as a process through which one constructs meaning. Her passion for authentic... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 308-310
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11169, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 11:38:30 PM

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  • Laura Reza-Hernandez
    University of Texas at El Paso
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    Laura Reza-Hernandez is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Reza-Hernandez is also a technology program coordinator for the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence. She is working with over 200 teachers in professional development activities that transform the ways in which teachers use technology to support high quality curriculum and accelerate learning.
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