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Bridging the Gap Between Educational Policy and Practice: An Essay Review on What We Believe About America’s Students and Schools


by Aaron Cooley — April 18, 2006

Education Myths: What Special-Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools—And Why It Isn’t So. Jay P. Greene. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc. 2005. ISBN 0-7425-4977-1. Pp. xii + 267. In the Trenches: A Teacher’s Defense of Public Education. Dennis Fermoyle. Edina, MN: Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc. 2005. ISBN 1-59298-121-6. Pp. vi + 117. At the beginning of each course I teach, I have students introduce themselves to the class and to me. My guidelines are straightforward: name, major, hometown, interest level in the course, and any interesting facts about themselves. Some students always groan at this and others, who are not accustomed to public speaking, slump into their seats. This introduction process can seem daunting when you have a large class or when you have three or four successive classes of 30 students each, but it is profoundly worth it. Quite simply, the backgrounds of students matter. As unprofound... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 18, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12489, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:18:00 AM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a range of diverse educational settings. Previously, he worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy. His writing has appeared in Educational Studies, Educational Theory, International Journal of Philosophical Studies and Political Studies Review.
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