Proceed with Passion
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Red Hen Press
Praise for Author's Pervious Works
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Other Works by the Author
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Part I: The Search for Meaning
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Chapter One: Dropping Out/Buying In
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There are many ways to evaluate a public school system that is failing its students, parents, and, ultimately, the whole community. Standardized test scores are the most widely touted, but not the best measurement ...
Chapter Two: Engaging Students: A Seven-point Plan
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Every human being seeks meaning in life. We hunger for a sense of significance, importance, some higher purpose to our lives. Students also crave a higher purpose in their education. What they do eight ...
Part II: A New Social Studies
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Chapter Three: Meaning in Social Studies
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Most likely we all remember pieces of our elementary school Social Studies classes: making paper Indian chief headdresses, cutting out models of ...
Chapter Four: Social Welfare at the Core
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As a first year graduate student (Masters in Social Work), I attended a series of seminars or modules relating to the various social problems one may encounter in any urban setting. I remember driving home after ...
Part III: The Environment
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Chapter Five: Learning for the Earth’s Sake — And Ours
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Returning to Los Angeles after a year in Europe, I found myself in a rather deep funk over the state of the environment and my contribution to it. Through reading and observation, this 23 year old had just begun ...
Chapter Six: The Campus as Classroom: Green Building and the Learning Process
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The unifying theme throughout this book is students’ lack of connection to their education: disengagement is manifested in high drop out and low attendance rates and a general academic malaise. Providing students ...
Part IV: Politics and education
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Chapter Seven: The Political Dimension of Education
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The political dimension is often present in education, and by ignoring it we indirectly make a decision to support the existing system with all its inequities and indecencies. It is indecent to allow children to ...
Chapter Eight: Nations Confronting Their Shadow
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Most students can pretty well apprehend when issues are being presented in a biased manner, glossed over, sentimentalized, or sanitized. For better or worse, they have come to distrust politicians and media ...
Part V: Opposites: Testing and the Arts
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Chapter Nine: Testing: Great is Our Sin
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In this era of accountability and holding students to higher standards for promotion, testing is certainly a fact of life. Certainly, we must do more than just rail against tests without offering any alternatives or ....
Chapter Ten: The Arts: Transformation, Discovery, Surprise
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There is no more rapid, immediate, and dynamic way of engaging students than through the arts. Creating a piece of sculpture, improvising even the most rudimentary sounds on a drum, acting out a scene one ...
Part VI: New Forms of Engagement
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Chapter Eleven: New Roads School: Where Diversity Meets Inclusion
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New Roads School in Santa Monica, Calif. disproves the old adage “there is nothing new under the sun,” for New Roads is a relatively new combination of ingredients even in the world of new ...
Chapter 12: The Educational Village: Integrative, Inclusive, Interactive
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All across America children and adults are segregated from one another. They are segregated by race and economics (often closely related); by ethnic groups and national identities — in Los ...
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Conclusion I. The Engagement Process
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It is possible to engage students in their own education; to do so requires involving them in activity and subject matter that they find meaningful. Engagement and meaning are the twin pillars of a successful individual ...
Conclusion II Winds from the Future
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Conclusion II. Winds From The Future
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The twentieth-century was arguably the most disastrous in human history. World wars, genocide, fratricide, global diaspora, extinction of species at an unprecedented rate — these describe the darkest few ....
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Page Count: 230
Publication Year: 2004