We're Doing It Wrong: 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don't Work — And How to Fix Them
Master teacher David Slater’s book is a masterpiece! It is written in clear and concise prose that has the impact of a sledgehammer as the author dismantles one myth after another. And makes common sense solutions to seemingly intractable problems. We’re Doing It Wrong is a cogent and concise appraisal of the dismal state of American public education that should become mandatory reading for every concerned parent, administrator, school board member, elected public official, journalist, and self-appointed “expert” who profess to know the easy solution to the failures of our schools. His blunt, no-holds barred assessment of the growing crisis in public schools cannot be easily dismissed. Unfortunately, the fact that he is an experienced and successful teacher will probably disqualify him in the eyes of most educational reformers who have never taught a single minute in our beleaguered schools. This is the most important common sense approach to fixing our public schools that I have ever been privileged to read." ―Richard O. Davies, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, and Academic Vice President of University of Nevada; Nevada Professor and Researcher of the Year; Dean of College of Public Service at Northern Arizona; Former President of University of Northern Colorado; Nevada Writer Hall of Fame inductee
An unapologetic critique of major flaws in the American education system.
David Michael Slater’s We’re Doing It Wrong is a thought-provoking dissection of the issues plaguing American public schools. Each chapter identifies a major problem in the education system, exploring its roots and repercussions. A teacher himself, Slater opens up and gives readers an insider’s perspective on topics that have been at the center of ongoing debates as well as recent hot button issues, such as:
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"David Slater’s book should be required reading for the new President and Congress. His is a straight-shooting voice with thoughtful and sobering reflections directly from the field. We need to heed the compelling insights and solutions laid out in his new book about our system of education." ―Cindy Cisneros, VP of Education Programs, Committee for Economic Development
"It is perhaps no surprise that in an age of ideologically polarized educational research and politics―matched with a widespread disrespect for teachers and public schools―a book of such straightforward sanity as this one needs to be published and read widely. It will miff people at the poles of opinion, but it is thoroughly supported by empirical research and experienced teachers’ craft knowledge." ―James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and Regents’ Professor, Arizona State University; member of National Academy of Education
"With the perspective of a School Counselor, I am inspired by David’s empathetic and unapologetic acknowledgement that our choice of educational transformation must honor human interaction and encourage passion." ―Joe D. Genasci, NCC NCSC, President and CEO GuidEd Fusion Inc.
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