Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of Learningreviewed by Laura Reza-Hernandez — 2004
In recent years, reform movements have focused on closing the
achievement gap, a gap defined by standardized test scores.
Although, there is solid evidence of a definite gap between certain
groups of students, the conversation often does not move beyond the
issue of test scores and into a deeper understanding of learning.
Jacqueline Grennon Brooks’s book, Schooling for Life:
Reclaiming the Essence of Learning, is a call for readers to
reflect upon and critically examine our current educational culture
of testing as a measure of learning and to discuss the quality of
education. Her mission as an educator is to “make school a
place in which my students do not simply ‘put in time’
but one where they invest time and effort in solving problems that
they see as relevant (p. ix).” Her book builds on this notion
by deconstructing the standards movement, evaluating teaching
practices, analyzing the culture of schooling, and examining
learning as a process through which one constructs meaning.
Her passion for authentic... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
Schooling for Life: Reclaiming the Essence of LearningAuthor(s):
Jacqueline Grennon BrooksPublisher:
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VAISBN:
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- Laura Reza-Hernandez
University of Texas at El Paso
Laura Reza-Hernandez is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Reza-Hernandez is also a technology program coordinator for the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence. She is working with over 200 teachers in professional development activities that transform the ways in which teachers use technology to support high quality curriculum and accelerate learning.