reviewed by Lou LaBrant - 1971

coverTitle: Homework
Author(s): Gloria Channon
Publisher: Outerbridge and Dienstfrey, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 128, Year: 1970
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Homework by Gloria Channon is a little book relating the author's attempts to introduce freedom and to develop some sense of responsibility for learning to a fifth-grade class in a poor area of New York City. The book is advertised on its jacket as being "required reading for teachers and parents." The record deals with the teacher's frustrations, her gradually developed insights, and her partial successes; but it certainly does not offer either a guide to or any clear realization of the freedom which is the aim. While freedom is always limited by the needs of other people and the physical environment, Mrs. Channon found that even in a so-called experimental school the system itself set up such boundaries as to negate much of what she tried to do. The book is therefore of most importance to supervisors and administrators, although one wonders how many of them will understand the freedom that is being sought. Mrs. Channon's class was, theoretically, experimental. Children were not tracked, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 4, 1971, p. 625-629
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1693, Date Accessed: 7/8/2020 1:39:17 AM

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