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Selling Students Short: Classroom Bargains and Academic Reform in the American High School


reviewed by Jackie Grennon Brooks 1988

coverTitle: Selling Students Short: Classroom Bargains and Academic Reform in the American High School
Author(s): Michael W. Sedlak, Christopher Wheeler, Diana C. Pullin, Philip A. Cusik
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807728179, Pages: , Year: 1986
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In reading Selling Students Short, I was reminded of my seventh-grade English teacher. He told the class not to use the word I when writing. “No one cares what you think,” he told us. “Report the ideas of the scholars.” Maybe Sedlack and his co-authors had the same teacher. They offer a comprehensive, multiperspective assessment of the current proposals to improve educational practice and achievement in the nation’s public high schools. I learned a great deal reading their work, but I could not hear anyone’s voice. Very near the end of the book, the authors contrast the “gamesmanship” of current school practices with an endorsement of “a vision of education which leads to genuine empowerment” (p. 186). My “now what” question was beginning to be addressed. My interest was piqued. I was ready to listen, but no one was talking. The book ended. Selling Students Short accomplishes precisely what it sets... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 1, 1988, p. 136-138
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 516, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:56:04 PM

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