Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane

The Death and Life of the Great American School System

-Book Cover

Diane Ravitch’s The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education has been discussed quite a bit and rightly so. It is a very good book. I’ll say little right now except that chapter after chapter she addressed practices at my school that drive me batty and keep me from doing my job. I felt affirmed and despondent.

Find the card file here.

On a separate note, last Spring, after reading this book, I read In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic by Professor X. A very different, more personal book about teaching. It was less useful, but invited commiseration and was purgative. I annotated my “copy” extensively but the Kindle-machine ate my work. So no card file.

Posted October 5, 2011