Schools That Work: America's Most Innovative Public Education Programs  

by George H. Wood

Wood is strongly against standards, content-rich curriculums, and accountability.  For example, he approvingly tells the story of school administrators who stonewalled a school board's questions about algebra for middle school students by claiming that algebra is not "developmentally appropriate" (see below) for middle school children because it would require ability grouping.  Likewise, his bias against standardized tests comes out in his approving quote of one teacher who joined her students in criticizing the tests by saying, "It's no fun to think on your own, is it?"  I'm not making this up.  It's on page 161.  Wood talks about some great schools, but he totally misses the point that, in our current system, these schools are exceptions and that much of what he's against can actually help more schools become great schools.

 

Copyright 1998, 199, 2000, 2001  by David N. Shearon