Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Lisa Delpit: You're Doing It Wrong

Lisa Delpit's new book is shipping from Amazon. I had it pre-ordered so I got it yesterday and am about halfway through it. It is one of the more profound and difficult to refute or dismiss critiques of contemporary school reform I've read because Delpit takes a back seat to nobody in terms of stressing the importance of great teachers, high expectations, "no excuses," and the overall capacity of exemplary schools to close the achievement gap and create transformative experiences for young people.

She also thinks that the current testing/data obsessed/TFA/charter, etc. is completely and utterly wrong-headed, and she can put that across with a certain weight of moral and intellectual authority which is unique to her.

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