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Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach


reviewed by James Tobin — October 04, 2006

coverTitle: Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach
Author(s): Nel Noddings
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, New York
ISBN: 0521851882, Pages: 319, Year: 2006
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What is the purpose of education and why do you hold that belief? How important is self-understanding when you think about effective teaching and learning? Why open yourself to controversy when there are so many other things to teach? In Nel Noddings’ thought-provoking and important book, Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach, she leads her readers on an exploration of how they think about important topics in their everyday lives in the classroom and in the larger world. Though focused on high school curriculum issues (seen in the expanded sense of the planned, implemented, learned and hidden curricula), many of the questions she poses throughout her book might also serve as a catalyst for critical, reflective thinking about education among parents, professors of education, and K-12 school leaders. The need for such reflection is evident in the increasingly polarized debates about what the curriculum should look like in 21st... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 04, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12769, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:11:58 AM

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  • James Tobin
    Ramapo College
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    JAMES TOBIN is a consultant specializing in leadership coaching, social emotional learning, and organizational change. He has worked with school systems throughout the United States and in the Netherlands. At Ramapo College of New Jersey, Dr. Tobin teaches courses in supervision and curriculum development. A former Coordinator of Administrators’ Training for the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program in New York City, Dr. Tobin conducted research with Dr. Janet Patti of Hunter College on the leadership competencies of school principals engaged in school reform. With Dr. Patti, he coauthored SMART School Leaders: Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Kendall Hunt, 2003 & 2006). As a curriculum writer, he has written materials for such publishers as Harcourt Brace, Macmillan, and Scholastic, produced curricula for adult learners in the workplace, and served on the planning and advisory committee for the video series, Talk It Out to Work It Out (Soup to Nuts Productions, 1997).
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