Exploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges Educators Face by Richard P. McadamsExploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges Educators Face by Richard P. Mcadams

Exploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges…

byRichard P. Mcadams

Paperback | October 16, 2010

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Exploring the Myths and Realities of Today's Schools presents a strong case regarding the strengths and successes of our schools, while also addressing the major challenges currently facing our teachers and school administrators. This sympathetic look at the daily work life of our educators directly confronts issues with our changing student population, teacher unions, poor family dynamics, financial inequities, and student performance on international achievement tests. The author offers data and insights that counter the conventional wisdom that significant improvements will occur simply by expanding charter schools, by implementing merit pay for teachers more widely, or by emulating foreign educational systems. The book offers recommendations for school improvement that are both practical and effective. While many books on public education are written from the perspective of academics or political pundits, this book offers perspectives from the viewpoint of teachers, school principals, school superintendents, and school board members. The author brings his experience and insights from forty plus years in public education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent to provide his from-the-trenches perspective on the true nature of public schooling in the United States.
Richard McAdams served in seven school districts as a science teacher, a high school principal, and finally as a school superintendent (in three districts) during a 43-year career in education.
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Title:Exploring the Myths and the Realities of Today's Schools: A Candid Review of the Challenges…Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.07 × 6.16 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2010Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1607098504

ISBN - 13:9781607098508

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Teachers: The Heart of the Matter Chapter 3 Daily Life of a Teacher Chapter 4 Demographic Changes and Student Achievement Chapter 5 The Impact of Teacher Unions Chapter 6 The Myth of Merit Pay Chapter 7 School Charters, Vouchers, and Privatization Chapter 8 The Legal Tangle in Education Chapter 9 Curriculum and Instruction: The What and How of Schooling Chapter 10 Students Then and Now Chapter 11 The Parent Factor Chapter 12 The Limits of Local Control Chapter 13 School Boards Chapter 14 The Superintendent/CEO of the School District Chapter 15 The Critical Role of the School Principal Chapter 16 Special Education and Other Special Services Chapter 17 School Finance Chapter 18 Schools as Organizations Chapter 19 International Comparisons Chapter 20 Final Exam

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