Lopsided Schools introduces readers to the case method and helps the reader to use the case method to examine the scholastic challenges that critics posed from World War I to the present. Some critics have stirred up educators with threats to reduce their budgets or fire them. Others upset them with disconcerting questions. Should parents demand that their children learn speed reading? Should teachers emphasize vocational activities? Should principals train their own successors? Should superintendents award bonuses to teachers? Should employers hire the graduates with the highest scores on standardized tests? Should politicians assume greater responsibility for schooling? Should journalists publicize information about lopsided schools? This book examines these and the numerous other questions that critics posed.
Gerard Giordano has written eleven books about education. His last two books, which were published by Rowman & Littlefield, focused on the case method.
1 Preface: Are Schools Lopsided? 2 Introduction: Are Philosophy, Zen, Cycles, and the Case Method Related? 3 Chapter 1: Is the Case Method Unique? 4 Chapter 2: Do Teachers and Taxi Drivers Face Similar Problems? 5 Chapter 3: Do Educators Copy Food Photographers? 6 Chapter 4: Is Education Like Graffiti? 7 Chapter 5: Should Principals Be Trained Like Athletic Coaches? 8 Chapter 6: Should Educators Wrangle With Philosophers? 9 Chapter 7: What Motivates Scholars? 10 Chapter 8: Can Politicians Fix the Schools? 11 Chapter 9: Do Critics Offer Helping Hands? 12 Chapter 10: Is Education Like Dieting?