Revolutionizing America's Schools is provocative, personal, and right on the mark. It should be read by anyone who believes our schools can better educate our young and who is committed to making the effort to improve them.
-- Paul Schwarz, Principal of the Jackie Robinson Complex, and Co-director of Central Park East Secondary School, East Harlem, New York City
With this insightful, practical collection of personal essays, Glickman tackles education's most urgent questions. Who should govern schools? Whose values should schools represent? How should teachers teach? How does democratic change occur? Glickman directly addresses issues of race, culture, gAnder, and religion and reveals how understanding these issues can contribute to purposeful change, and he connects democratic rhetoric to action -- covering such practicalities as student grouping, curriculum selection, and school leadership.
Introduction: A Vision of Democracy
Part One: On Democracy
1. Democracy -- What Is It?
2. Democracy and Education
3. Ambiguity and Informed Minds
Part Two: On Pedagogy
4. Powerful Learning
5. School Structures for Teaching
6. Teacher Education and Public Schools
7. Governing for the Future
Part Three: On Getting Beyond
8. Wealth and Welfare
9. Isms and Reasons
10. Religion, Secular Humanism, and Geese
11. Who Owns the Child?
12. Constitutional Hope for Education
Part Four: On Differences
13. Race and Education
14. Suffrage, GAnder, and Listening
15. From Our Ancestors
Part Five: On Change
16. Finding Room for School Change
17. Listening to Students
18. Leadership for Democracy
Conclusion: Democracy as Education