Based on an extensive, in-depth study of 150 students from across the country, Kids and School Reform offers a student perspective on schools that are transforming themselves. Using extAnded vignettes and the actual voices and stories of five students who differ in personality, economic and personal circumstances, and academic achievement, the authors show how reform efforts affect kids and what changes matter the most. The five high schools studied are part of the Coalition of Essential Schools.
"With its emphasis on the real people involved, this book getsreaders thinking about the impact of reform on kids--and offerssome excellent advice in the bargain." (EducationalLeadership)
"The actual voices and stories of the students, when coupled withextended vignettes, make for interesting reading. The authors'inclusion of comments from teachers and administrators providesinvaluable insights for readers eager to support educational reformthat truly benefits students." (The School Administrator)
"Parents, administrators, and teachers whether they are working forschool reform or supporting the status quo will find theirinterests represented by the stories of kids linked to schoolreform." (Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy)
"This is a wonderful book. It takes an unusually honest andpenetrating look at educational practice and its effects onstudents, parents, and faculty." (Carl Glickman, author of RenewingAmerica's Schools)
"'It's all for the children' is among the emptiest of the clichesaccompanying school reform. Here, at last, are the inside storiesof real students engaged with real teachers in five high schoolscommitted to fundamental change. The language of the telling is asfresh as the insights conveyed." (John I. Goodlad, professoremeritus and co-director, Center for Educational Renewal,University of Washington)
"This study has the courage to look broadly at the ways and meansof school change, with all its twists and turns, enthusiasms anddisappointments. Wasley, Hampel and Clark take pains to directlyengage the school people and the students who are their dramatispersonae, deepening the meanings they elicit and the scope of theirwork. Their ultimate focus on students is a breath of fresh air inresearch of this kind. A wonderfully useful, honest, andcomprehensive book, one which does not oversimplify the conditionand the opportunities of the public schools." (Theodore R. Sizer,chairman, Coalition of Essential Schools)
"Wasley, Hampel, and Clark remind us that children's lives must beour conscience for school reform?the metric by which we measure oursuccess. In a book that ranges from quite funny, to intellectuallyintriguing, to deeply disturbing. These authors bring to light theresilience of children, the courage of good educators and thechallenge of creating public education that demands our best.(Michele Fine, professor of social/personality psychology, TheGraduate School and University Center, The City University of NewYork)
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