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When School Reform Goes Wrong


reviewed by Jal Mehta October 23, 2008

coverTitle: When School Reform Goes Wrong
Author(s): Nel Noddings
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748102, Pages: 112, Year: 2007
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Several years ago, I was talking about No Child Left Behind with a colleague of mine when he posed a thought experiment: What if Congress had proposed that by 2014 no patient would die? Doctors, he argued, would stand up and say that medical science rendered impossible any such thing. The problem with education, he continued, was that no one in the field had sufficient courage or credibility to offer this rejoinder when politicians proposed making all students proficient by 2014. Nel Noddings wants to be that person. An emeritus professor at Stanford, she offers When School Reform Goes Wrong as an argument against an education system that is awash in “standards” and testing, but has lost all sense of what it might mean to provide humane, compassionate, and intellectually engaging education. Drawing on her former experience as a classroom math teacher, she thinks that the idea that all children... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 23, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15426, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 6:32:02 AM

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