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Proceed with Passion

PAUL CUMMINS

Publication Year: 2004

Proceed with Passion is a non-fiction book on education by Paul Cummins.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Praise for Author's Pervious Works

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p. 1-1

Other Works by the Author

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p. 2-2

Frontmatter

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pp. 3-10

Contents

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pp. 11-12

Foreword

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pp. xiii-xiv

Part I: The Search for Meaning

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pp. 1-18

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Chapter One: Dropping Out/Buying In

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pp. 3-10

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 ...

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Chapter Two: Engaging Students: A Seven-point Plan

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pp. 11-25

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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pp. 27-44

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Chapter Three: Meaning in Social Studies

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pp. 29-41

Most likely we all remember pieces of our elementary school Social Studies classes: making paper Indian chief headdresses, cutting out models of ...

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Chapter Four: Social Welfare at the Core

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pp. 43-53

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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pp. 55-72

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Chapter Five: Learning for the Earth’s Sake — And Ours

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pp. 57-70

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 ...

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Chapter Six: The Campus as Classroom: Green Building and the Learning Process

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pp. 71-78

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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pp. 79-96

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Chapter Seven: The Political Dimension of Education

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pp. 81-90

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 ...

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Chapter Eight: Nations Confronting Their Shadow

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pp. 91-99

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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pp. 101-118

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Chapter Nine: Testing: Great is Our Sin

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pp. 103-116

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 ....

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Chapter Ten: The Arts: Transformation, Discovery, Surprise

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pp. 117-131

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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pp. 133-150

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Chapter Eleven: New Roads School: Where Diversity Meets Inclusion

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pp. 135-148

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 ...

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Chapter 12: The Educational Village: Integrative, Inclusive, Interactive

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pp. 149-163

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 ...

Conclusion I

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pp. 165-182

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Conclusion I. The Engagement Process

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pp. 167-169

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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pp. 171-188

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Conclusion II. Winds From The Future

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pp. 173-175

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 ....

Bibliography

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pp. 177-204

Permissions

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pp. 209-226

Biographical Notes

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pp. 211-212


E-ISBN-13: 9781597096386
Print-ISBN-13: 9781888996807

Page Count: 230
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: First