Publication Date: November 10, 2000
Crucial to the current public debate about schools, curriculum, testing, academic standards, and teacher training are the voices of successful teachers, like Kathy Greeley who speak to the dangers of an overemphasis on standardized testing and a punitive, back to basics approach. In this captivating and lively chronicle of a year in the life of a public school classroom, Greeley provides an alternative model of education and shows how a strong and supportive community is essential in helping students reach their highest potential. Included in her account are:
Kathy Greeley is a middle school teacher at the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge, MA which recently won the 2000 Disney Learning Partnership Spotlight School Award. A former Conant Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kathy continues to immerse herself in education and community-based projects.
"While individuals remote from classrooms continue to dictate educational policy for the nation, gritty brigades of teachers across America continue their heroic efforts day by day. Kathy Greeley, one of the best teachers of young adolescents, tells a dramatic story of curriculum and community—a story that is never told by policymakers but which must be heard and retold if we are to have quality education for all children."
—Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"With humility, insight, and humor, Kathy Greeley tells us the story of a year in class with her lively kids and thereby shows us a way of learning and a kind of schooling that all American children deserve."
—Theodore R. Sizer, Coalition of Essential Schools