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These Schools Belong to You and Me by Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi

These Schools Belong to You and Me

These Schools Belong to You and Me by Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi
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Sep 19, 2017 | 208 Pages
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Praise

“Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi remind us of the most important question about education: What is the purpose of education? Why do we put children in schools for thirteen years of their life, even seventeen years? We educate them to be empowered citizens, every single one of them. We educate them to sustain our democracy. Standards and tests are not relevant to that goal. Learning to ask questions and to think is.”
—Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

“It is fitting that a chapter in this inspiring book is titled ‘Falling for Democracy,’ for Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi have written an intimate and heartfelt love letter to public education. The authors give us the experience of creating and working in schools where democratic principles are vibrantly alive.”
—Mike Rose, author of Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America

“Once again, Deborah Meier has reminded us to never lose sight of what schools are supposed to be about. Beyond test scores and other measures of academic achievement, our schools must prepare young people to actively participate in a democratic society. They won’t be able to do this if they haven’t been encouraged to think critically and haven’t been treated as respected members of their school community. In this important new book, Meier and her coauthor, Emily Gasoi, remind us that democratic practice and progressive education cannot be limited to independent private schools or be dismissed as liberal feel-goodism. Rather, if our schools are to play a role in bolstering our democracy, then we must always remain clear about how to do this and why it is essential. This book will be a poignant wake-up call to those who have forgotten.”
—Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Table Of Contents

PREFACE
Emily Gasoi and Deborah Meier

INTRODUCTION
Emily Gasoi

1 The Problem and Promise of Public Education: What’s Worth Fighting For?
Deborah Meier

2 Falling for Democracy: A Young Teacher’s Education
Emily Gasoi

3 Falling for Public Education: A Hot House for Democracy
Deborah Meier

4 Reinvigorating the Commonweal: The Mission Hill School Example
Emily Gasoi

5 The False Promise of High-Stakes Accountability: A Century of Misused Methods
Deborah Meier

6 Moving Beyond Tests: Authentic Accountability in Practice
Emily Gasoi

7 What Happens to Democratic Education Deferred?
The Rise of the Free Enterprise Society
Deborah Meier

CONCLUSION: Our Once and Future Schools
Deborah Meier

APPENDIX

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FOR FURTHER READING AND VIEWING

NOTES

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