This book examines the status of public education in North America and exposes many of the absurd instructional practices found in all-too-many schools. Written by three experienced educators, this book provides readers with a direct window into public education. The language is straightforward, the case studies based on real events, and the research evidence clearly presented. For more information, visit www.fixingourschools.com.
Michael C. Zwaagstra is a high school social studies teacher at Green Valley School in Manitoba and a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Rodney A. Clifton is a professor of education and a senior fellow at St. John's College, University of Manitoba. John C. Long recently retired from the University of Manitoba where he was professor of educational administration.
Part 1 Introduction: Whatever Happened to Common Sense? Part 2 Part I: Some Things Are Fundamental Chapter 3 Subject Matter Matters Chapter 4 Tests Are Good for Students Chapter 5 Students Need Discipline Chapter 6 Inclusion Should Not Be Exclusion Chapter 7 Some Teachers Are Better Than Others Chapter 8 Some Schools Are Better Than Others Part 9 Part II: Some Things Are Practical Chapter 10 Classrooms Should Be Teacher-Centered Chapter 11 Direct Instruction Is Good Teaching Chapter 12 Rote Learning and Practice Are Important Chapter 13 A Little Homework Doesn't Hurt Chapter 14 Grades Should Reflect Achievement Chapter 15 A Pass Should Be Earned Part 16 Part III: Some Things Are Distracting Chapter 17 Teachers' Unions Don't Always Put Students First Chapter 18 There Is Too Much "Edu-Babble" Part 19 Conclusion: Using Common Sense to Obtain Better Schools