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A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education


reviewed by Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon February 22, 2008

coverTitle: A Life in Classrooms: Philip W. Jackson and the Practice of Education
Author(s): David T. Hansen, Mary Erina Driscoll, and Rene V. Arcilla (Eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747769, Pages: 182, Year: 2007
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There is a fair chance that we are entering the post - No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era. Presently, the legislation to reauthorize NCLB lies buried in congressional committee, unlikely to emerge. It is not that the goal of NCLB is perverse. Indeed, strong achievement in mathematics and reading are desirable outcomes of schooling. But they are not the only desired outcomes. And it is not at all clear that even they are being achieved by the scare, punishment, and myopic tactics of NCLB. The moment has come when we should once again take stock of what we believe to be helpful for learning, and in particular, learning in schools. The essays that were written to honor Philip W. Jackson and collected in A Life in Classrooms help one to look ahead and to reflect. The volume is not simply an assembly of students’ encomia to a fine and caring teacher.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 22, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15021, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 5:35:45 AM

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  • Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
    Northwestern University
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    SOPHIE HAROUTUNIAN-GORDON, Professor and Director, Master of Science in Education Program, Northwestern University. Recent publications include: "Listening and Questioning," in Learning Inquiry (2007) 1: 143-152; "Philosophy for the Fun of It," in Leaders in Philosophy of Education (2008), L.J. Waks (ed.), Rotterdam/Taipei: Sense Publishers; Cultivating Questions: A Focus for Schooling in the Twenty-first Century, forthcoming, Yale University Press.
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