Letters to a Young Education Reformer (Educational Innovations Series)

In Letters to a Young Education Reformer, Frederick M. Hess distills knowledge from twenty-five years of working in and around school reform. Inspired by his conversations with young, would-be reformers who are passionate about transforming education, the book offers a window into Hess’s thinking about what education reform is and should be.
 
Hess writes that “reform is more a matter of how one thinks about school improvement than a recital of programs and policy proposals.” Through his essays, he explores a range of topics, including:
 
-Talkers and Doers
-The Temptations of Bureaucracy
-The Value in Talking with Those Who Disagree
-Why You Shouldn’t Put Too Much Faith in Experts
-Philanthropy and Its Discontents
-The Problem with Passion
 
Hess offers personal impressions as well as lessons from notable mistakes he’s observed with the hope that readers will benefit from his frustrations and realizations.
 
As the policy landscape continues to shift, Letters to a Young Education Reformer offers valuable, timely insights to any young person passionate about transforming education—and to not-so-young reformers who are inclined to reflect on their successes and failures.
 

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    By Anonymous on May 09, 2017

    This book has so much great information and thought leadership, that one recommendation/review cannot do it justice, but I’ll try. From the beginning of the book, Dr. Hess teaches us that passion can distort our perception of reality. We are taught in the book to draw wisdom from our own experiences and failures and the experiences and bad judgement of others.Furthermore, this book eloquently argues we need to learn from both those whom we agree and those we don’t. We do not want…

    By Anonymous on May 09, 2017

    Every new teacher begins a career filled with passion and enthusiasm to work with students and bring them the joy of learning. New teachers can become overwhelmed with the demands of the new job: learning new curricula, assessment practices, a host of other tasks that are a part of the daily job. Then, they learn about the reforms the district is putting in place. Not knowing if they should just be good soldiers and march with the new reforms or bring critical thinking to them, the new…

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