Volume 110, Number 14 (2008)
by Gary D. FenstermacherThe aim of these volumes is to jointly serve as encouragement to bring more people into the educational conversation and as a handbook to assist them in enriching and enlivening the conversation.
by Gary D. FenstermacherThe staff and directors of NSSE, and the editors of this volume,
gratefully acknowledge the support of the Spencer Foundation.
A grant from the Foundation provided funds for planning this year’s
two-volume set and for a number of editorial and production
by Mark A. SmylieWe were not looking for a
conversation about all that is right or wrong with our schools or for a
conversation about particular policies or practices to solve the problems
of our education system, although there are plenty of those conversations
going on. Instead, we were looking for a different and in our minds
more fundamental conversation about what people think about the
purposes of education today, about what we hope to achieve through
educative processes, indeed what role education may play in our democratic
society in the early part of the 21st century.
by Bernard SchoenbaumNow you're probably all asking yourselves, 'Why must I learn read and write?'"
by James W. BaldwinOr to put it another way,
you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations
of bad faith and cruelty, when it is operating not only in the
classroom but in society, you will meet the most fantastic, the most
brutal, and the most determined resistance. There is no point in pretending
that this won’t happen.
by Ed Burns“May I suggest an addition? It’s very short, two minutes at most. And the children expect it. We call it ‘The Drill.’ Put a problem on the board—it doesn’t matter what. The children know when they enter class to take out their notebooks and begin working on it. It helps to settle them.”
by Barney Tobey"Let's think of it this way—you're the panel of experts, and I'm the quiz master."
by Bill CosbyThis is a different graduation. I’ve seen quite a few. This is really
about as close as one can get to a feeling of family
by Frank DefordOf course, athletics may be beneficial to a child’s growth. But even
given sports’ most benign propaganda—Sports teach you to work
together! Sports build character!—athletics enjoy outsized attention, all
too often, I’m afraid, at the expense of book learning.
by Pierre DulaineI arrived in the English midlands town of Birmingham at the age of
13 from the Middle East, a shy child with a heavy accent. Several
children in my school class were taking dancing lessons at a school that
happened to be on a main road not far from my house. I decided it
would be fun to give dancing a try.
by Geoffrey CanadaEducation can be the key to creating true equal opportunity
in a country such as ours that is rich in resources. History shows
that education is a powerful tool for positive social change, but it is
not a panacea.