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Stupidity and Tears: Teaching and Learning in Troubled Times

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Publisher:New Press, The

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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In Stupidity and Tears, renowned educator and National Book Award winner Herbert Kohl offers us a thoughtful and ultimately optimistic meditation on the forces that conspire to keep teachers and students stupidi.e., frustrated and unable to excel in an education system that is clearly failing them.

Among the topics explored by Kohl are the pressures of standards based assessments and harrowing sink-or-swim policies, the pain teachers feel when asked to teach against their pedagogical conscience, the development of a capacity to sense how students perceive the world, and the importance of hope and creativity in strengthening the social imagination of students and teachers.

A rousing call for common sense in the face of dwindling budgets, crippling state mandates, and injudicious politics, Stupidity and Tears is vintage Kohlincisive, funny, reflective, profound . . . a provocation to educators to better teach all our children (Norman Fruchter, NYU Institute of Education and Social Policy).


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