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The Red Pencil: Convictions from Experience in Education


reviewed by Linda Greene — 2005

coverTitle: The Red Pencil: Convictions from Experience in Education
Author(s): Theodore R. Sizer
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300104588, Pages: 120, Year: 2004
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In the history of American public education over the last fifty years there has been a succession of national programs aimed at making major improvements without committing necessary resources.  We are now well into the latest of these programs, initiated by a president who once said he wanted to be known as the “Education President,” and it is perhaps time to pause and consider whether we are on the right track.  Theodore Sizer’s new book, The Red Pencil, Convictions from Experience in Education, is a good place to start.  It provides us with a focused overview of the current state of the American high school.  Part memoir and part critique, the book examines the roles of educators, schools of education, politicians, and everyone in the power structure who has allowed the status quo to exist.  That status quo, decried by Sizer, features an obsolescent high school that fails to meet... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2490-2493
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11840, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 7:52:25 PM

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  • Linda Greene
    Wise Individualized Senior Experience, Inc. (WISE Services)
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    LINDA GREENE has spent 34 years in urban and suburban public school districts serving as a teacher, Junior High School and High School Assistant Principal and in several district-wide administrative positions. Dr. Greene holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum Development, Urban Education and Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently the Executive Director of WISE Services, an organization dedicated to helping high schools develop programs of individualized, student-designed and interest-driven projects as transitions to college, work, and lifetime learning.
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