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Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students


reviewed by Gad Yair — 2002

coverTitle: Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students
Author(s): Denise Clark Pope
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300090137, Pages: 240, Year: 2001
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"Excellent", I said to myself, "here is the missing piece I've been looking for.  I now have a fuller and more realistic picture of the puzzle of students' lives in classrooms."  This was my first reaction upon reading Denise Clark Pope's book, Doing School.  I was fortunate to have been asked to review this book, and the timing of its arrival on my desk was perfect:  I had just begun teaching a course on American school reform, and Pope's book fit neatly into the introduction section.  It nicely complemented Theodore Sizer's classic Horace's Compromise, published two decades ago.  In that book, Sizer perceptively described a series of contradictory expectations that his fictive teacher, Horace Smith, faced while teaching in high school.  In like manner, Pope has provided us with five real-life portraits of ostensibly successful high school students.  The five high school students who Pope shadowed during a year-long study were selected by the school's staff.  As one guidance counselor told her, "these students represent some of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 904-907
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10864, Date Accessed: 8/19/2017 1:42:09 AM

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  • Gad Yair
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    Gad Yair is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Yair's interests include student engagement, school organization, and instructional strategies. Recent studies focus on “big bang” learning experiences, their instructional production and social distribution. Yair's most recently published work includes “Reforming Motivation: How the Structure of Instruction Affects Students’ Learning Experiences.” British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 26(2): 191-210, 2000 and “Not Just about Time: Instructional Practices and Productive Time in School.” Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 36(4):485-512, 2000.
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