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Mis-Education in Schools: Beyond the Slogans and Double-Talk


reviewed by Robert L. Fried — May 22, 2007

coverTitle: Mis-Education in Schools: Beyond the Slogans and Double-Talk
Author(s): Howard Good
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865352 , Pages: 104, Year: 2007
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I wish I could like this book more than I do. I probably agree with many, if not most, of Howard Good’s reactions to the public education disaster he sees around him, affecting his children, clouding his memories of six years of service on his local school board. Indeed, Good has written considerably on the topic of education policy and administration, with several publications stemming from his experience as a former school board member in his home community of Highland, New York. But this particular book comes across to me as shallow, unfocused and too often unable to lift its discussion of education “beyond the slogans and the double-talk” (to quote its sub-title). Mis-Education in Schools is an easy read. There is lots within its five chapters to nod one’s head in agreement to: attacks on arbitrary and officious school administrators, sadness at the effect of ungenerous and uninspired teachers on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 22, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14495, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 6:18:22 PM

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  • Robert Fried
    Northeastern University
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    ROBERT L. FRIED is Associate Professor of Education at Northeastern University (on leave), and Executive Director of the Upper Valley Teacher Institute, in Lebanon, NH, which trains mid-career adults for careers in teaching. Dr. Fried’s published books are: The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide (2001, Beacon Press); The Passionate Learner: How Teachers and Parents Can Help Children Reclaim the Joy of Discovery (2002, Beacon Press); The Skeptical Visionary: A Seymour Sarason Education Reader (2002, Temple University Press); and The Game of School: Why We All Play It, How It Hurts Kids, and What it Will Take to Change It (2005, Jossey-Bass/Wiley).
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