Thursday, May 13, 2010

Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System

Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System (Hardcover)

Reading Zig Engelman's latest book, "Teaching Needy Kids," you realize that education in the United States really has very little to do with teaching kids and everything to do with how teachers feel, the revenues of text book publishers, bureaucrats and other special interests. Despite the constant talk of education reform, reformers hardly ever get around to changing the most important thing: how instruction is delivered to students.

"Teaching Needy Kids" is essentially the story of one of the biggest cover-ups in the history of the United States: how the establishment prevented the wide-scale adoption of the most effective literacy program ever developed and instead deliberately promoted (and still promotes) alternatives that are less effective and in some cases even harmful to kids.

I would call this a "must read" for anyone interested in education reform and effective teaching. Be forewarned: Engelman's righteous indignation is contagious.

review By Matthew Hancock (Chicago, IL USA)


meanwhile OSPI and RttT look for "Bold and Disruptive"...

Watch the CashBox empty ... like Enron and the recent collapse of the housing market.

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