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Visionary Middle Schools: Signature Practices and the Power of Local Invention


reviewed by Dennis Shirley August 31, 2006

coverTitle: Visionary Middle Schools: Signature Practices and the Power of Local Invention
Author(s): Catherine Cobb Morocco, Nancy Brigham, and Cynthia Mata Aguila
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746630, Pages: 180, Year: 2006
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The dog days of school reform seem to be upon us once again.  Every few years a new reform is trumpeted, new coalitions are formed to support the reforms, foundations come up with their own packaging to move the agenda forward, and finally, with all the predictability of the change in seasons, reform and morale falls until the next reform du jour marks its entrance upon the stage.  The whole change cycle gets a bit tiresome after awhile, and one feels increasing sympathy for those veteran teachers who simply want to shut the door, ignore the latest “opportunity,” and teach with all of the gusto and joy that they felt when they entered the profession. Yet even such escapist fantasies seem verboten to us in the age of NCLB, AYP, and the bizarre alphabet soup of tests (TAKS in Texas, MCAS in Massachusetts, and so on) that we now inflict... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 31, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12694, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:22:13 AM

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